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Enabling / Disabling your wireless card

Once your laptop has been enabled for Hantsnet Wireless, it is easy to enable or disable the wireless card which will enable your laptop to connect wirelessly to the network.

Most Hantsnet Laptops

On most Hantsnet Laptops you can enable/disable the wireless card by hitting the [Fn]+[F2] keys on the keyboard.

An icon will be displayed in the bottom right of your laptop screen which will show if the wireless card is enabled or disabled.

See below for examples of the icons you will see on your laptop:

   Enabled         Disabled

Wireless card enabled   Wireless card disabled

   Wireless card enabled         Wireless card disabled

Latest Hantsnet Laptops

The very latest Hantsnet Laptops use a slider switch in the left side of the case to enable / disable the wireless card.

Wireless card slider switch on latest laptops

Lightbulb TIP: Disabling the wireless card when you’re not using it will help to save your battery.

 

First time log in

IT Services will configure your laptop and get it ready to connect to Hantsnet Wireless, but because you use your Hantsnet password to log in, they will be unable to set up your log in details.

See below for the steps you need to follow the first time you log in.

  1. When you switch on the laptop, it will automatically try to connect to Hantsnet Wireless and you will see the following in the bottom right corner of the screen

    Logging in to Wireless the first time

  2. Click on the speech bubble and the wireless network will ask you to logon

  3. The Enter Credentials form will now be displayed

    Enter Credentials form

  4. Complete the form as follows:

    - User name - Hantsnet username
    - Password - Hantsnet password
    - Logon domain > type in IT2000

  5. Click OK

  6. The wireless network will check that your username and password are correct., if they are you will see this in the bottom right of your screen

    Confirmation you are connected to Hanstnet Wireless

  7. You’re now connected to Hantsnet Wireless – start Hantsnet as normal.

The next time you log in your laptop will remember your Hantsnet username and password, so you don’t need to type it in every time you connect.

If you have any problems signing on, refer to the Troubleshooting guide and the 'Can't connect at all' section.

 

Log in

Password

If you have logged in to Hantsnet Wireless on your laptop before, see below for the steps to follow for subsequent log in's (if it is your first log in to Hantsnet Wireless, see the tab titled 'First time log in').

  1. Make sure you are near a Hantsnet Wireless Hotspot

  2. Switch on your laptop and enable your wireless card (see the page titled 'Wireless card')

  3. Complete the Enter Credentials form as follows:

    - User name - Hantsnet username
    - Password - Hantsnet password
    - Logon domain > type in IT2000

  4. Click OK.

If you have any problems signing on, refer to the Troubleshooting page and the Can't connect at all section.

 

Changing your Hantsnet password

When you change your Hantsnet password, you will need to change the password setting for your wireless log in as well.

  1. The first time you log in to Hantsnet Wireless after changing your Hantsnet password, you will see the Re-enter Credentials form

    Re-enter Credentials form

  2. In the Password field type in your new Hantsnet password

  3. Click OK.

If you have any problems signing on, refer to the Troubleshooting page and the 'Can't connect at all' section.

 
Hantsnet homepage

Hantsnet

Hantsnet Wireless provides a secure, direct connection into the Hampshire County Council network.

Once you’ve logged into Hantsnet Wireless, you can use Hantsnet just like you would at any Hantsnet PC or Terminal.

When you finish your Hantsnet session, just log off as normal (see next tab).

 
Laptop

Logging off

There is no need to log off Hantsnet Wireless.

When you shut your laptop down, or when you move outside of the Hotspot area, you will automatically disconnect.

Lightbulb Tip: To save battery power you should disable your wireless card whenever you’re not connected to a wireless network.