Connecting to Wireless Hallnet on Windows XP

Step 1: Turning on your Wireless Device

The first step of the process is to ensure that your wireless device is turned on. Depending on your computer brand and model, the steps for doing so will vary. Use the method below that works with your computer.

  • Many laptop computers have a built-in wireless device that can be enabled through a switch or button located on the exterior of the computer. When the switch is slid to a certain direction or the button is pressed, an indicator on the exterior of the computer should be lit to let you know that the device is on.
  • Other laptop computers have a key on the keyboard labeled Fn. This key is located in the bottom left corner of the keyboard near the Windows key. On one of the function keys at the top of the keyboard (F1, F2, F3, F4, etc.) There will be a symbol resembling a tower emitting waves. By holding down the Fn and pressing the appropriate function key, the device will turn on and the following icon will appear in the task tray on the bottom right corner of your screen either emitting green waves as shown in the picture or marked with a red X.

Wireless Icon

  • Desktop computers and some older laptops do not have a built in wireless device. These laptops require a device to be plugged into them. When the device is plugged in, it should turn on automatically. The icon above will appear in the task tray on the bottom right corner of your screen either emitting green waves as shown in the picture or marked with a red X.

Step 2: View Available Wireless Connections

You should see the following icon in your task tray at the bottom right hand corner of your screen:

Wireless Connection Icon

Right-click on it. A pop-up menu should appear. Click View Available Wireless Networks.


Step 3: Connecting to vsuhallnet

The window may show more than one wireless network. Click on the vsuhallnet with the following icon in front of it. Then, click the Connect button.


Note: Valdosta State University's wireless network is named vsuhallnet with all lower-case letters and no spaces or symbols and will always have the icon shown above . Any other network is not owned or run by Valdosta State University. You DO NOT want to connect to them.

If these steps are performed correctly, you should see the vsuhallnet network with the word Connected to the right of it. Also, the Connect button will change into a Disconnect button. At this point, attempt to access the Internet. You should be redirected to the Hallnet login website. If not, proceed to the next step.


Congratulations! You have successfully connected to Hallnet. If this does not correct the issue, please try our other configuration guides, or contact the VSU IT Helpdesk at or at 229-245-4357. Please note that our work request system can only accept emails sent from a VSU email address.