How Do I ... Setup Eduroam WPA/WPA 2 for AirPort on Mac OS X 10.5.1 (Leopard)



UWO offers the eduroam wireless network that can be accessed by WPA/WPA2 Compliant Cards on Mac OS X. Please follow the procedure listed below to enable WPA/WPA2 for your wireless adapter. If you have any problems please contact us.


  • An AirPort or AirPort Extreme card. Most Apple computers should have AirPort wireless cards built-in.
  • A Mac updated with the latest updates. You can use the Software Update tool or visit Apple's website .

Enabling WPA/WPA2 Authentication and Security

  1. Click the Wireless icon at the top of the screen. If the Airport is currently off, click Turn AirPort On .


    Then, click Open Network Preferences .

  2. The Network window should now be open. Click the Advanced button at the bottom right.
  3. Click the AirPort tab at the top of the window.


    Click the + symbol below the list of Preferred Networks .
  4. Enter the following information:


    For Network Name , type eduroam .
    For Security , select WPA2 Enterprise or WPA Enterprise.
    Leave the User Name and Password field blank.
    For 802.1X , select Automatic .
    Click Add .



  5. Click OK at the advanced Network window. You should now be at the AirPort tab of the Network window.
    For Network Name , select eduroam .
    Click Apply at the bottom right at of the Window.

  6. A window titled 802.1X Authentication will appear(it may, in fact, appear before you’ve had a chance to click Apply ). Enter your UWO Login name as and the password and then click OK . Important: you need to add after your UWO login name.

  7. If a connection has not been established after one minute, click the Wireless icon at the top of the screen, and turn the AirPort off.


    Then, click Turn AirPort On .


    Within a few seconds, your connection to eduroam should be established.


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