MAC OSX Wireless


  • Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Airport wireless card and software (802.11 compliant)
  • Latest System Updates (Apple Menu – Software update) * Important – WPA is a newer protocol and ensuring your system is up to date is critical for it to work properly 

1. From the Apple Menu, select System Preferences and then select the Network icon. Select Airport
from the list on the left and make sure Show Airport state in menu bar is checked. Change the
Network Name pop down to Join Other Network…

Display show network options

2. Under Network Name, enter LakeheadU exactly as shown (it’s case sensitive). Under Security, select
WPA2 Enterprise from the drop down menu. Enter your Lakehead Email information for Username
and Password. Leave the 802.1X setting as Automatic and check the box Remember this network.
Finally click the Join button.

Display showing user to enter network name, security username and password

3. You will be prompted to verify the certificate. Click the Show Certificate button and click Continue.

Display showing authentication to LakeheadU

4. Verify the certificate is and check the box beside Always trust
“”. Click Continue.

Display showing always trust and to confirm to verify certificate

5. You will be asked for your computer’s password (not your email this time) to change the certificate trust

Display showing having to enter your MAC COMPUTER password

6. Finally, on the Network Window, click the Apply button in the lower right. In about 20-30 seconds, the status
of the connection should read Authenticated and the Network Name should read LakeheadU.Close the
Network window.

Display Showing connected

If you run across it not displaying the certificate these steps should help.

1. The new lion OS is a little easier to setup. Click on the Airport/wireless icon in the upper right hand side.
2. Click Join other networks, enter all the info and try to connect.
3. If no certificate displays at first: Turn off airport, click the airport/wireless icon at the top and choose "turn airport
off", wait 10 seconds and turn it back on. This usually will now prompt to accept the certificate.