How to Fix "Validating Identity" Error on Wireless Networks, and Resulting "Limited or No Connectivity"

By braniac

Are you receiving an endless "Validating Identity" connection status when trying to connect to a wireless network. In a few simple steps you can bypass Windows Validation, and the resulting "Limited or No Connectivity" issue on an encrypted connection.

Step 1

Double Click the offending "Validating Identity" icon in your system tray.

Step 2

In the Following "Wireless Network Connection Status" Window click on Properties

Step 3

In the Resulting "Wireless Connection Properties" Window click on the "Wireless Networks Tab." In this window then click on Properties for your preferred network.

Step 4

In the next window click on the "Authentication" tab, Make sure "Enable IEEE 802.1x...." checkbox is UN-Checked, the rest of this window should be greyed out. If your network is Encrypted go on to step 6 otherwise Click ok and try to connect to your network again.

Step 5

If you receive a "Limited or No Connectivity" error for your network connection then your network is most likely encrypted and you need to repeat steps 1-3 and go on to step 6.

Step 6

In this window make sure you are in the "Association" tab. You will need to enter your encryption information here in order to connect to your network. Select your encryption type from the "Network Authentication" and "Data Encryption" drop downs. Uncheck "The key is provided for me automatically" and enter and confirm your Network key. Click ok to save changes and try connecting again