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Trying to Wireless on a Windows based network =(
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DrPhips
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Oct 8, 2003, 05:28 PM
 
OK, here's the scoop. Basically it is the typical frustrations trying to get mac and windows to play nicely.

My university has a wireless network running the 80211b protocol which is great because my new powerbook can see it. However, the catch is that in order to actually use it you need to grab certificates from our MS Radius server (Internet Authentication Server)

My school only offers support for PC based machines and isn't able to help me. So I come here...

I know this much, they say that I need to get a hold of eap-tls which is some sort of client for my mac. The network requires certificates to allow a user to actually 'access' the network. They (our newtork people) also mentioned something about grabbing Aegis which is from Meeting House, but they only offer it for PDA type stuff and I have a powerbook running OS.10. Basically you need those certificates to gain access to our network and my powerbook doesn't know what to do or how to run the cretificates.

Supposedly OS 10.3 is supposed to support eap-tls but I don't know when that's coming out.

Please, I need to get this wireless thing working to test out some research... and before I pull ALL of my hair out.
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Oct 8, 2003, 09:36 PM
 
I have two questions about the wireless setup:

1) You detect the network, correct?
2) Are these certificates pulled when you activate a browser?
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DrPhips  (op)
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Oct 9, 2003, 12:26 AM
 
Originally posted by docholiday:
I have two questions about the wireless setup:

1) You detect the network, correct?
2) Are these certificates pulled when you activate a browser?
Yeah, up in my toolbar it detects my campus' wireless network.

Certificates I believe are pulled in this manner...
Typical windown users have to physically 'plug-in' with a cable and download certificates...

http://www.jcu.edu/infoservice/fsawireless.htm

... their instructions. So from what I gather. you download the certificat(s), install them somehow, and vioiola (sp?) you are on the wireless web...

I hope this info helps you help me... (thanks for the reply by the way)
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Oct 9, 2003, 01:58 AM
 
eap-tls is an authentication scheme for 802.1X I think... it is supported in Panther (scheduled for release Oct. 24), but you may be able to find a third party 802.1X software for OS X that could work with those certificates.

You mentioned meetinghouse, and their Aegis client supports 10.2 according to this page:

http://www.mtghouse.com/products/aeg...cs/index.shtml

Hope this helps.
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Nov 7, 2003, 05:22 PM
 
I'm still having trouble with our wireless network on campus.

Since my previous posts, I have upgraded to a full version of Panther. Now my powerbook recognizes the certificates as certificates instead of unknown file types. The problem is that I don't know what to do with them now.

Still frustrated,
Tom
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Nov 8, 2003, 02:50 AM
 
If you have the certificates in your keychain, try the following:

Go to Internet Connect
Create a new 802.1X connection
Type in your specifics
On the configure, select the protocol that the scool uses (say TLS)

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