Information Technology

Configuring UVM Wireless on Macintosh OS X 10.4 Tiger


Make sure you have the latest software updates available for your version of Mac OS. Click the Apple menu in the upper left hand corner of the desktop and choose About This Mac:

About This Mac version number
  • the final version of OS X 10.4 Tiger is 10.4.11

If you need to update, connected to a wired network and click the Software Update button to download the latest version of OS X for your computer.

Permanent Profile Configuration

If you attempt to join the UVM network by simply selecting it from the AirPort menu under Mac OS X 10.4, you will likely experience a generic-sounding error. The following procedure will establish a working, permanent profile for connecting your computer to this network. You must be on-campus and in range of a UVM wireless access point to follow these steps.

  1. Open the Applications folder and launch Internet Connect:

    launching internet connect from the applications folder

  2. Select "New 802.1X Connection" from Internet Connect's File menu:

    selecting new 802dot1x connection from the file menu in internet connect

  3. Select "Edit Configurations..." from the Configuration menu:

    selecting edit configurations from the configuration menu in internet connect

  4. Configure your new connection with these settings:

    • Description: UVM
    • Network Port: Airport
    • User Name: your UVM NetID
    • Password: your UVM NetID Password
    • Wireless Network: UVM (type it in, if it is not available in the drop-down menu)
    • Authentication: uncheck every option except "TTLS" (note: two Ts), "EAP-FAST", and "PEAP"

    configuring the 802dot1x profile in internet connect

  5. Click OK.

  6. When prompted to "Verify Certificate", click "Show Certificate":

    clicking show certificate in the verify certificate dialog

  7. Highlight the "radius.uvm.edu" line item, if it's not already selected. Note the green checkmark under "radius.uvm.edu" that says "This certificate is valid".

  8. Click "Details" to expand the window:

    clicking details in the verify certificate dialog

  9. Scroll to the "Fingerprints" section at the bottom, and verify that the "SHA1" value reads as follows:

    D7 70 1A D1 06 BF A5 2C E5 E4 32 EC 68 18 51 57 59 61 DA 64

  10. If it does, check the box near the top labeled "Always trust 'radius.uvm.edu'":

    verifying sha1 fingerprint in the verify certificate dialog and checking always trust radius.uvm.edu

  11. Click "Continue".

  12. Watch the "Status" messages at the bottom left of the Internet Connect window: within a few seconds, it should show either "Connected via TTLS":

    status message showing connected via ttls

    ...or "Connected via PEAP (Inner Protocol: MSCHAPv2)":

    status message showing connected via peap

Note that it may take up to fifteen seconds to establish full network connectivity after the Status message reads, "Connected via...", so you may still receive errors from your web browser or email program. Just try again after a moment.

The next time you reboot or log off/onto your computer, you may be prompted to "Confirm Access to Keychain", and the Mac OS will want permission to use the "UVM" item from your keychain. Click Always Allow:

clicking always allow when prompted to confirm access to keychain for item u v m

These instructions were derived from Apple's own.

Last modified August 22 2011 04:21 PM

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