Mac OS X Leopard 802.1x
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Setting Up 802.1x Wireless with Protected EAP (PEAP) on an Apple computer running Mac OS X Leopard
This document covers how to connect to the 802.1x wireless services for the Stevens network names (ssid) and residence hall 802.1x wireless network names on an Apple Computer.
To configure 802.1x wireless, your Apple Computer must have/use the following items: (See Note below if your OS X version number is below 10.5 or need to update drivers/software)
- Mac OS X 10.5 or greater
- Lastest wireless card driver installed (update may be needed)
- If your Apple computer is running a version below 10.4 (Tiger), Information Technology strongly recommends you upgrade to 10.4 (Tiger) before using 802.1x wireless. If you would like to check for software updates you can use the Software Update located in System Preferences.
Connecting to the 802.1x Wireless Service
In OS X, connecting to a wireless network does not involve configuring the Network name (SSID) before being able to connect. Follow these steps to connect to the 802.1x Wireless Networks:
Step 1 - Activate Airport
- First, verify that your Apple's Airport is activated by looking in the top right section of your screen. If the Airport is disabled it will look like this: . To activate the device click on the icon and select Turn AirPort On as shown:
Step 2 - Open System Preferences
- Open System Preferences by clicking on the System Preferences icon on the dock, or by clicking on the Apple logo on the top left corner of the screen and clicking on "System Preferences" on the dropdown menu that appears.
Step 3 - Open the Network Preference Pane
- Click on the icon that says "Network" to bring up the Networking Preference Pane.
Step 4 - Enter the Advanced Menu
- Click on the Advanced button to bring up the Advanced pane. Click on 802.1x at the top to edit the 802.1x authentication information.
Step 5 - Create a new User Profile
- Click on the "+" near the bottom of the pane and select "Add User Profile". Name the profile "WPA2: Stevens Student" if you connect to the Stevens Student wireless network (Undergraduate and Graduate students), or "WPA2: Stevens" if you connect to the Stevens wireless network (Faculty and Staff).
Step 6 - Enter 802.1x Authentication Information
- Enter your Stevens username and Campus Domain Password. Select the wireless network that you wish to connect to from the dropdown box (if no networks appear, try turning the AirPort card off then on again). Lastly, make sure "PEAP" and "LEAP" are the only options checked under "Authentication" and click "OK".
Step 7 - Apply Settings and Connect to the Network
- Click on "Apply" at the bottom of the pane, then select the network you just configured from the "Network Name" dropdown box. The AirPort card should begin to associate with the Stevens network and should be fully authenticated and connected within 15 seconds.
- When the status for the connection becomes "Authenticated via PEAP", the computer is successfully authenticated and will receive an IP Address from the Stevens network.