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My company would like to have a login for guests to be able to use so they can connect their laptops to wireless and access the internet and nothing else on the network.

Our Authentication is WPA and the Encryption is TKIP. When I set these settings on my test laptop I get an error stating " Windows was unable to find a certificate to log you on to the network".

Ultimately I would prefer not to do certificates for our guests and preferably give them a login to connect to our network wirelessly. I've read that in the Authentication tab for Wireless Networks I can uncheck the "Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network" to bypass certificates but that option is grayed out for me.

Any suggestions or ideas? If you need more information please let me know.
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can you try to use different authentication method than WPA and the Encryption is TKIP
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I'd prefer not to. We have a bunch of iPad's, iPhone's, Droids, etc. that connect to the Radius server and are able to use wireless without issue as long as they have sufficient rights. I fear that by changing security I'll knock down the devices that already work.

Laptops (as long as they're on the domain and the user or computer has privileges to connect wirelessly) work fine.

I created a user called "wireless" and gave the wireless user privileges to use wireless. I want a guest to be able to see our wireless, connect to it and sign in as the wireless user so they're able to use our WAN.
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Ok.. so you are using Same SSID for the guest network?
May be another thought you may think of is having different SSID of guest with different subnet and just give them access to Internet.
This simplifies and adds security.
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At least I'm on the right path now, thanks Anuroopsundd.

I've created a new SSID and subnet for guest wireless. I'll have to play around on Monday to get everything configured since I haven't had a chance to yet. I'll update you on Monday!
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by:Winsoup
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Your comments definitely got me rolling down the right path. I'll have to wait until off hours to do more testing and change the encapsulation on the switches to trunk instead of access but I believe I should be fine from here on out. Thanks.
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