Secure Wireless on Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger Print E-mail

This article explains how to connect to the secure wireless network on Macintosh computers running Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger or higher.



* You must be using an Apple Airport wireless card. Non-Apple wireless access cards are not currently supported for use the LA Tech Wireless Network.

* Be sure to update to the latest version of the Apple Airport software using the Software Update feature built into Mac OS X before attempting these instructions. Connect your Mac to the Internet and click on the Apple icon in the top-left and select Software Update. Download and install all software updates related to Airport or the Mac OS before beginning these instructions.

* Make sure that you have changed your network password before proceeding.

  1. Go to a place that has access to the LA Tech Wireless Network. You must be in a LA Tech Wireless Network hotspot for these instructions to work for you.
  2. We are going to create a new Location and then associate the 802.1x network authentication credentials with that Location. Click the Apple menu in the top-left corner and select System Preferences.
  3. Select the Network icon in the Internet and Network area of the System Preferences screen. Click the Location pop-up menu and select New Location. Name the new location LA Tech Wireless 802.1x and click OK.
  4. Click the Show pop-up menu and select Network Port Configurations. Uncheck everything that doesn't say Airport and click Apply Now.
  5. Click the Show pop-up menu and select Airport. Click on the Airport option and make sure that the Show AirPort status in the menu bar is checked. Click the TCP/IP option and select Using DHCP from the Configure IPv4 menu and click Apply Now.
  6. Click the AirPort menu on the menu bar and select Open Internet Connect. This will start the Internet Connect application. Select the New 802.1x Connection option from File menu.
  7. On the 802.1x window, select Edit Configurations from the Configuration menu. This brings up a screen that allows you to save your 802.1x credentials so they can be used for different connections.
  8. Type LA Tech 802.1x in the Description field, select AirPort from the Network Port pop-up menu, type your LA Tech network ID in the User Name area (such as LA Tech\someuser)[DED1], type your LA Tech network password in the Password field, and select the LA Tech_Wireless[DED2] network in the Wireless Network pop-up menu.
  9. In the Authentication area, only PEAP should be checked. Uncheck anything that is not PEAP and make sure PEAP is checked. Click OK to save your changes.

You should now be able to click the Connect button in the Internet Connect application to
authenticate to the LA Tech Wireless Network. The first time you connect via 802.1x, you get a
message asking that your authentication failed because the server certificate is not trusted.
Click the Accept All button to accept the LA Tech certificate. Now, you will no longer be asked
for a certificate when you connect. You should see a status of connected in the Status area if
everything was configured correctly.


* In order to access the LA Tech Wireless Network, you will need to open the Internet Connect application (under the Airport menu) and click Connect in the 802.1x area. Once you are connected, you can Quit the Internet Connect application, but when you are finished using the LA Tech Wireless Network, you will need to open Internet Connect and click Disconnect before shutting down or sleeping your wireless Mac.

* The Mac OS X 10.3.3 and higher, when used with Airport 3.4 and higher, has the ability to remember that your need to authenticate via 802.1x with a particular SSID (in this case, LA Tech_Wireless). Therefore, you do not always need to manually start the Internet Connect application and connect to the LA Tech Wireless Network. Your Mac can be configured to do this for you automatically.
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