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How to configure Mac OS X Lion (or newer)

Starting with Mac OS X version 10.7, Apple removed the ability to directly configure 802.1x wireless authentication settings. You can still easily connect to K-State Salina's secure wireless network with your Mac by installing a pre-made wireless configuration profile:

  1. Connect your Mac to the internet using another network (eg. the guest wireless network), then visit this web-page.
  2. Click to install the WPA2 mobileconfig.
  3. Click on Continue to install the profile.
  4. You will be prompted for your username (use your eID) and, depending on the profile you selected, your password (use your eID password). Enter the requested information.
  5. Click Show All to return to System Preferences.
  6. Click Network and then select Wi-Fi in the left-hand pane.
  7. Click Turn Wi-Fi off, wait a few seconds and then click Turn Wi-Fi on.
  8. In the Network Name drop-down box, select k-state.wpa2 from the list of wireless networks.

Note: If you change your eID password, you will need to remove and re-install the WPA profile. Instructions for removing the profile are listed below.


Making the WPA2 network your default

If you use multiple wireless networks it's a good idea assign secure wireless networks a higher priority so that your computer connects to them by default. To assign the WPA2 network a higher priority use the following steps:

  1. Open System Preferences and select Network.
  2. In the left-hand pane select Wi-Fi, then click Advanced.
  3. On the Wi-Fi tab, drag "k-state.wpa2" upward in the list. Putting it at the top of the list will ensure that your computer connects to it first if it is available.

Removing / Reinstalling the WPA2 profile

If you are having trouble getting your Mac to connect to the WPA2 network, or if you've recently changed your eID password and your Mac no longer connects to the WPA2 network it is usually best to remove and then re-install the WPA2 wireless profile. The steps below explain how to remove the profile:

  1. Open System Preferences and select Profiles.
  2. In the left-hand pane select the KSU-S WPA2 wireless . . . profile, then click the "-" button below the left-hand pane.
  3. When prompted, click Remove to confirm removal of the profile.