X1C, Helix, Yoga – Connecting to the Network


The 2013 ThinkPad X1C and Helix are configured with only wireless network connectivity.  The WFU building’s wireless connections are configured for 802.11n Dual Channel throughput (~110MB shared). 

Using the Wired Network

If you have a 2014 X1 Carbon, you were supplied with a miniEthernet to Ethernet adapter and thus you do not need to purchase anything more.  For the 2013 X1C, Yoga and Helix, you will need to purchase a USB to Ethernet adapter to use the wired Ethernet connection in your office space.  The Service Desk (x4357 or help@wfu.edu) should have a list of recommended adapters to use.  After connecting the USB to Ethernet adapter to your X1C and allowing the drivers to install, you may connect your ThinkPad Ethernet port to the building Ethernet wall jack using a CAT5, or better, Ethernet cable.  After a few seconds, the ThinkPad should receive a network IP address and connect to the network.

Using the Wireless Network

To connect to an available wireless LAN, follow the instructions below:

  1. Ensure that you wireless hardware switch and the wireless software switch are turned on. The wireless hardware switch is located on the left of the Thinkpad in front of the USB port. The software switch is accessed by using the keyboard combination Fn-F5 and turning on the 802.11 Wireless Radio. This switch now toggles on and off “Airplane Mode”. Airplane Mode turns off all wireless when on.
  2. Click the network access icon in the System notification Area to access the list of available wireless networks.
  3. Click on the wireless network that you want to connect to and, if necessary,  provide the correct login credentials or password.

For better wireless performance, you may need to change the power settings for your wireless card.  CLICK HERE for instructions.

If you are connecting to a wireless network off campus, please use the installed Cisco AnyConnect to help secure your connection and reduce the potential for data theft.

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