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Manually Configuring Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 for Wireless PittNet

Overview

The University of Pittsburgh's Wireless PittNet service provides wireless network access to all University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff . Students, faculty, and staff can connect to Wireless PittNet with any Mac that has a wireless Airport Extreme card. This document will cover the configuration of Apple wireless hardware. Non-Apple wireless hardware is not supported. Note: Before attempting the steps listed below, it is recommended that you update to the latest version of the Apple AirPort software using the Software Update feature. It is also recommended that you upgrade to Mac OS X to 10.3 or later.

Enabling AirPort

1. AirPort must first be enabled on your Mac in order to connect to Wireless PittNet. If you have the AirPort Status menu bar icon in the upper right corner of your screen, please proceed directly to the Configuring Wireless section of this document.

2.

If the AirPort Status icon is not present, open System Preferences from the Apple menu.

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3.

Click on the Network icon located in the Internet and Network area of the window.

4.

If you see the AirPort card listed in the Network window, you may proceed to step 6. If it is not listed, click on the drop-down menu next to Show and select Network Port Configurations. Note: When making changes to the network settings, the lock in the lower left-hand corner of the Network window must be unlocked. In order to unlock the settings, you must be able to install software on your computer. To unlock the icon, click on it and type in your Mac username and password.

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5.

Make sure there is a check in the box by AirPort. Click on the Apply Now button.

6.

Click the drop-down menu next to Show and select AirPort. Make sure that the AirPort tab is selected. By default, join should be set to Automatic. Make sure there is a check in the box next to Show AirPort status in menu bar.

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7.

Click on the TCP/IP tab and make sure that the settings for Configure IPv4 are set to Using DHCP. Click on the Apply Now button.

8.

Your AirPort settings should now be correct and properly enabled. Close all the System Preference windows and continue with the configuration.

Configuring Your Mac for Wireless PittNet

1. Open Internet Connect from the Applications folder on the hard drive.

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From the File menu, select New 802.1x Connection.

3.

From the Configuration dropdown box, select Edit Configurations.

4.

In the Description box, type Wireless PittNet. Select AirPort in the Network Port dropdown box. For Wireless Network, enter WIRELESS-PITTNET. Finally in the Authentication box, uncheck all options except PEAP. Click on OK.

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5.

Enter your University Computer Account username and password. Click Connect in the 802.1x connection window.

6.

You will receive a window that shows that you are connected and lists the connection time. You can now close the Internet Connection application. At this time, you will be asked to save your new configuration. Enter the name Wireless PittNet, and click on the Save button.

7.

When you are in an area that has Wireless PittNet coverage, you should automatically be connected to the network. If you are sure you are in a supported area but are not automatically connected, open the Internet Connection application. Click the 802.1x tab, and click Connect. This will authenticate you to the Wireless PittNet network.

Questions and Feedback

The Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357] is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your technologyrelated questions. Questions can also be submitted via the Web at technology.pitt.edu.

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