Mac Laptop

Mac OS x 10.3 or 10.4

From your 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:
  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 Filemenu.
  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.
  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 theWireless 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.

Mac OS x 10.5 or 10.6

From your Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6

Follow these steps to connect to UIC-WiFi wireless network using Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard):

  1. Open Network Preferences. If you have AirPort icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on it and select Open Network Preferences. Or you could use Apple > Systems Preferences and selectNetwork.
  2. Select Airport from the list on the left hand side.
  3. Click the Advanced button on the bottom right.
  4. Select the 802.1X tab.
  5. Click on the "+" sign under the left hand menu and select Add User Profile.
  6. Type in UIC-WiFi or something similar for the profile name; this is your choice.
  7. Fill it out as follows:
    1. User Name: your netid (for example, abyron1)
    2. Password: your UIC common password
    3. In the Authentication section make sure only PEAP is checked
    4. Wireless Network: UIC-WiFi
      (No choices here, it has to be UIC-WiFi because that is the name of the network.)
    5. Security Type: WPA2 Enterprise
  8. For Authentication make sure you have PEAP selected and click on the Configure... button immediately below the selection box.
  9. In the dialog box that opens, type: anonymous for Outer Identity and click OK.
  10. Click the Configure Trust... button (under Configure...)
  11. In the new dialog box click the "+" sign and select: Select Certificate from Keychain
  12. Select AddTrust External CA Root and click OK. (If you do not see this cert in your keychain then read the Add the CA Cert section below.)
  13. Next select the Servers tab in the Configure Trust dialog box
  14. Click on the "+" sign and type in: *.cc.uic.edu
  15. Click OK to close the Configure Trust dialog
  16. Click OK to close the AirPort Advanced screen also.
  17. Finally click the Apply button in the Network preferences screen. (You should see 802.1X: UIC-WiFi in this dialog now.)

Add the CA Cert

If Add Trust External CA Root was not an option for you in step 12, then you need to add it.

  1. Download AddTrustExternalCARoot.crt.
  2. Double click on the cert file that you downloaded.
  3. This should open up the Add Certificates dialog box of Keychain Access.
  4. Make sure that it is going into the login keychain and click Add.
  5. Now try to add the cert to the profile through the Configure Trust dialog box again.

Printing on the UIC-WiFi Network

Your wireless laptop can be configured to print to the ACCC public computing lab printers. Print your jobs at any hour, day or night, pick up your output at your convenience by selecting the job(s) to be printed from a U-Print station in any public computing lab. This is the same printing system as is used with Res-Net in the dorms, and to use it, you will need to install the Res-Net Printing System client. See Res-Net Printing for links to pages with detailed instructions.


Mac OS x 10.7

From your Mac OS X 10.7

Setting up UIC-WiFi on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is completely different from Leopard and Snow Leopard. It works in the same way as it does on iPhones and iPads. If you already have UIC-WiFi set up on your Mac when you upgrade your operating system to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Lion will import the UIC-WiFi settings for you; you won't have to reconfigure it in that case.

When connected, you will see the status of your connection in the Wi-Fi icon in the main menu at the top of your monitor, on the right. The number of arcs indicate the strength of the signal, and you can click on the icon to see the other available networks. Option-Click on the icon to see details of your current connection.

Download but do not install the new config file

While you have an Internet connection, on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open this page in a Web browser page and click this UIC Wireless configuration profile link. You might be prompted to install the configuration profile, but don't install it yet, just download it. Note that this is called "UIC Wireless Setup" because the configuration sets up connections to UIC-WiFi (which you should use when you are on campus), UIC-Wireless (which is slower), and Eduroam (which you can use when you are at any Eduroam institution, except UIC).

Delete your current profiles

Step 0: If you already have a connection profile on your device for UIC-Wireless or for UIC-WiFi, please delete them before you install this new profile:

  1. Apple > System Preferences > In the System section: Profiles
  2. Click on the name of your UIC profile(s) on the left, one at a time, and click the - button at the bottom left.
  3. It will ask you if you are sure, click Remove.
  4. It will ask for your password to allow the change. Type it and click OK.

Do the above for both your UIC-Wireless profile and for your UIC-WiFi profile, if you have them.

Install the new UIC Wireless profile

  1. If you are on campus, turn Wi-Fi off:
    1. Click on the Wi-Fi icon in the system menu at the top right of your monitor.
    2. Select Turn Wi-Fi Off.
  2. Go to your Downloads folder and click on the UIC_Wireless_Setup.mobileconfig file that you downloaded before.
  3. The Profiles System Preference will open automatically, and a dialog box will ask whether you want to install "UIC Wireless Setup". Click Continue.
  4. A dialog boxes will open asking whether you are sure because the configuration is unsigned. It is from the ACCC. Click Continue.
  5. A series of three dialogs box will open asking you to enter a Username: and Password: for UIC-Wireless, UIC-WiFi, and Eduroam. Do not fill this in unless you are the only person who uses this account on this Mac.
    • If you are the only person, then, in the Username: box, type your UIC netid (example: adabyron; for eduroam, use your UIC netid@uic.edu; example: adabyron@uic.edu), and in the Password: box, type your Common password and click Install.
    • If you are not the only person, do not fill in the Username: and Password: boxes; just click Install.
  6. A dialog box will open asking your permission to make the changes; type your Mac account's password in the Password: box and click OK.
  7. After the profile is installed, it will be listed in Profile in System Preferences.
  8. Close System Preferences. (You don't have to do this, but it might help with getting the UIC-WiFi network to find the UIC-WiFi profile that you just installed.)