NP Hawks WPA Wireless Setup (Windows 8)

This is a one-time process that will allow your device to automatically connect to the NP Hawks WPA network whenever it is within range.  Make sure to select all settings and to input information exactly as described on this page; failing to select a setting or selecting additional settings will prevent you from accessing the network.

Please Note: some laptops have a physical on/off switch that controls the wireless connection; if this applies to your laptop, be sure that the switch is set to “On.”

Only ONE campus Wi-Fi network should be setup on your device at a time. If you setup a device for NP Hawks WPA make sure to make your device forget the NP Hawks Devices, NP Hawks Guest, and eduroam networks to avoid potential connection problems. See our resources on how to "forget" a Wi-Fi network on a device.


To begin bring up the settings pane. You can do this with touch by either sliding your finger from the right edge of the screen to the left. Or you may use your mouse a place the cursor in the upper or lower left corners of the screen.



Tap or click the wireless icon.



Make sure that Airplane mode is turned off and then select NP Hawks WPA in the list of available Wi-Fi networks.



Make sure the checkbox for Connect automatically is checked and tap or click the Connect button.



You will now be asked to enter your username and password for your SUNY New Paltz account used on and other campus services. Make sure for Username you enter your SUNY New Paltz Username and NOT your email address. Click the OK button to continue.



You will be asked to confirm the identity of the authentication server used by the NP Hawks WPA wireless network. You may optionally click the Show certificate details link to verify the certificate to ensure you are signing into the correct wireless network. As of May 31st 2020 the server thumbprint it shows should be "0C 9C 2C A1 92 11 78 42 9C FB 78 DC 25 3C E2 22 35 14 23 E1 9E FF E8 F8 F2 10 E9 4F 4C 3C 79 65". Click the Connect button to continue.



You should now be connected to the NP Hawks WPA wireless network.



The most common cause for problems setting up your device is a mistyped username or password.



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