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Mac OS X 10.6 - How to connect to MIT SECURE wireless

This article describes how to connect a Mac OS X 10.6 computer to the MIT SECURE wireless network. For Mac OS X 10.7 click here.

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  1. Click on the Apple Wireless Connection Utility Icon:

  2. Select the network name MIT SECURE:

  3. When prompted by the "Verify Certificate" window, click the Show Certificate button:

  4. The certificate name should read wireless-radius-1.mit.edu or wireless-radius-2.mit.edu and digitally signed by GeoTrust SSL CA. Accept the security certificate by clicking Continue:

  5. You will be asked to enter the username and password for your computer. This may not be the same as your MIT email username and password:

  6. Login to the MIT SECURE wireless network using your MIT kerberos account username and password:
If you know your password is newer than June 2010 but login doesn't work...
  1. Your Mac may have memorized the wrong username/password. You can delete your last attempt and start over by going to: Apple > System Preferences > Network

  2. Click Advanced...

  3. Click 802.1X, then under User Profiles, select the MIT SECURE network you just tried and click the "-" (minus) sign in the lower left corner to delete it, then click OK at the lower right corner

  4. Now you're back to the Network window, at the lower right corner, click Apply. Then turn wireless off, turn it back on and try signing in again.

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February 24, 2017

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  1. Oct 12, 2011

    It's probably worth specifying the precise version of OS X that these instructions apply to. The process of authenticating via 802.1X in OS X 10.7 Lion is a little different from the process described here. I know IS&T might not support 10.7 yet, but the instructions should still specify the latest version that they apply to. I assume it's 10.6.

    1. Oct 13, 2011

      This page is indeed for Mac OS X 10.6. I've tried to edit it to make that more clear.

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