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Queen's University

Mac OS X 10.6 Wireless Configuration


Note: If you are having trouble configuring a wireless connection please drop by the Learning Commons Desk, located on the ground floor of Stauffer Library, for help.


What do I need To connect to QueensuSecure_WPA2?


To connect to the Queen's Secure Wireless Network - QueensuSecure_WPA2 you will need:

  • An active Queen's NetID and password
  • A wireless network card that supports secure wireless encryption using WPA2 (All Airport Extremes support WPA2)
  • A location close to one of the Queen's access points


How do I know if my wireless card supports WPA2?

Note: These screen shots were created on Mac OS X 10.6.8 Other versions may be slightly different.


Check that you are running Mac OS X 10.6.x

  • Click on  Apple Icon in menu bar
  • Select About this Mac
  • You will see the Version of Mac OS you are running.  If version is Mac OS X 10.6 or later then it support WPA2.

About this Mac Screen

Connecting to QueensuSecure_WPA2


  • When reconnecting follow steps 1-3, and 7 (if password is not saved) of configure steps below.


Configure Your Wireless Connection


Before you configure your secure wireless connection will need to go to https://netid.queensu.caand log in using your NetID and password to check your status. This is a one time step only and must be completed by All Students, Faculty and Staff.

  1. Click on the wireless icon located in the Menu bar
    Wi-Fi menu icon
  2. The AirPort menu will open
    • Click Turn Airport On
    • The reselect to see list of items.
    • Note: If Airport (Wi-Fi) is already on skip to the next step.
  3. The Airport menu will be displayed.
    • Select  QueensuSecure_WPA2
  4. This step will only happen on new connection or when the certificate expires.  The Authenticating to network "QueensuSecure_WPA2"  screen will open.  If you do not see this skip to step 7.
    • Click the Show Certificate button
    WPA2 Certificate warning.
  5. The Authenticating to network "QueensuSecure_WPA2" screen will expand to show the certificate details
    • Confirm the details by clicking on Details to expand and check if subject name is Queen's and Entrust is the issuer of the certificate, as shown below.
    • If it is select Always trust ""and
    • Click on Continue.
    Adding Certificate and checking details.
  6. You will be prompted to save the certificate (it's saved in your keychain).
    • Enter your local computer admin account and password to save settings, and
    • Click the  Update Settings button
    Using computer account and password to save to keychain.
  7. The Airport Wi-Fi network "QueensuSecure_WPA2" requires WPA2 enterprise credentials screen will open
    • Enter your Netid and Password.
    • Click the OK  button.
    • The first time you may get the following message, if not skip to step 8.
    10.6 Authentication dialog for WPA2
  8. You should be connected shortly. If you would like to check your status,  from the Airport menu select  Open Network preferences…



  1. From the Airport menu select  Open Network preferences…
    • The Network preference show the status of your Wireless connection and has option to disconnect.
  2.  The Network preferences screen will open
    • If lock icon is locked click on it and enter admin password to unlock preferences.
    • Click the Disconnect button
    • You can now close the Network Preferences dialog.
    Airport WPA Disconnect

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