These instructions apply to computers or laptops running Mac OS X 10.3.x Panther or Mac OS 10.4.x Tiger. There is no way to connect a Mac with an earlier version of the Mac OS (OS 9.x, 10.0.x, 10.1.x, or 10.2.x Jaguar) to the UIC-WiFi network. These instructions have not been tested.
You will probably have to download the root certificate used to verify the UIC-WiFi certificate. Consult Apple's instructions for adding certificates to a keychain for Mac OS X 10.4.
Get and install a supported wireless card
You might have to do this even if your Mac already as a built-in wireless card; or want to do it just for the increased speed. You need to buy a wireless adapter for your Mac if
- Your Mac doesn't have built-in wireless, or
- Your Mac's current wireless adapter is 802.11b (or even possibly 802.11g, because UIC-WiFi is 802.11n, which is two to four times faster even than 802.11g), or
- If your Mac's current wireless adapter does not support WPA2 Enterprise Security.
You will probably want to get a 802.11n USB wireless USB adapter, which will have two important requirements:
- Make sure that it supports WPA2 Enterprise security with PEAP and MS MSCHAP v2 inner authorization. Neither of these should be a problem. The WPA2 Enterprise security is noq a requirement for all new Wi-Fi certified products.
- Not every 802.11n wireless adapter is compatible with Macs; make sure that the one you choose is. Making sure that the adapter you buy supports Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.4 might be the most difficult.
- From the Apple menu, select System Preferences. On the System Preferences window, click once on the Network system preference in the Internet & Network section. You should see the following system preference pane:
- Either double-click on the Airport item or select the Airport item and click the Configure... button.
- This will display the TCP/IP configuration options for your wireless connection. Click on the TCP/IP tab near the top of the preference pane.
- Configure IPv4 should be set to Using DHCP. If it doesn't say that, select it from the pop-up menu.
- Close the Network system preference pane and quit from within the System Preferences application.
Enable Airport and verify that the UIC-WiFi access point is available
- Select the Airport menu from the menu bar at the top of your display; the icon is shaped like a piece of pie. You should see an item that reads Turn Airport On (if you do not see this, your Airport card may already be turned on).
- If you are near an ACCC wireless access point, you should now be able to find the UIC-WiFi network; select it.
If the UIC-WiFi doesn't show, don't worry; you can manually add it when you configure the 802.1x client.
Configure the 802.1x client
- To do this, first select Open Internet Connect... from the Airport menu (above).
- To enable Panther's 802.1x client, select New 802.1X Connection... from Internet Connect's File menu.
- A new toolbar icon will now be displayed on the Internet Connect window, and you will now be able to edit its 802.1x settings.
- From the Configuration: pop-up menu, select Edit Configurations....
- Type your netid in the User Name: box and your common password in the Password: box. If you did not see the ACCC access point name, UIC-WiFi, when you enabled Airport, type UIC-WiFi in the Wireless Network: text entry field.
- Next, PEAP must be configured. To do that, select the PEAP entry from the list that appears near the bottom of the window and click Configure....
- Now enter PEAP authentication information. Select MSCHAP v2 for Inner authentication; for Outer Identity enter anonymous.
- Click OK then OK again.
Connect to UIC-WiFi
- Select Open Internet Connect... from the Airport menu.
- Click on the Connect button within the Internet Connect window.
- The first time you connect to UIC-WiFi, you will be asked to accept certificates from the access point. Because your Mac does not yet have a network connection, it is impossible for it to verify the authenticity of these certificates. However, it is safe to accept them. Click Always trust these certificates and click Continue.
- After you select UIC-Wifi from the Airport menu, you will see a signal strength indicator in your menu bar that shows how good your connection is. The more bars in the Airport pie icon, the stronger the signal.
Disconnect from UIC-WiFi
Select Turn AirPort Off from the Airport menu.