How do I connect to UIC-WiFi using Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.4?

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.

TCP/IP configuration

  1. 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:
    illustration of System Preference pane
  2. Either double-click on the Airport item or select the Airport item and click the Configure... button.
  3. 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.
  4. Configure IPv4 should be set to Using DHCP. If it doesn't say that, select it from the pop-up menu.
  5. 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

  1. 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).
  2. 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

  1. To do this, first select Open Internet Connect... from the Airport menu (above).
  2. To enable Panther's 802.1x client, select New 802.1X Connection... from Internet Connect's File menu.
  3. 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.
    illustration of 802.1x client settings pane
  4. From the Configuration: pop-up menu, select Edit Configurations....
  5. 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.
  6. 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....
  7. Now enter PEAP authentication information. Select MSCHAP v2 for Inner authentication; for Outer Identity enter anonymous.
  8. Click OK then OK again.

Connect to UIC-WiFi

  1. Select Open Internet Connect... from the Airport menu.
  2. Click on the Connect button within the Internet Connect window.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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Last updated: 

February 01, 2013

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