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Queen's University

Apple OS X 10.5 - QueensuSecure_WPA2


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:

  • A 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
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

How do I know if my wireless card supports WPA2?


Note: These screen shots were created on Mac OS X 10.5.0 Other versions may be slightly different.

  1. Check that you are running Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
    • Click on AppleIcon in menu bar
    • Select About this Mac
    • You will see the Version of Mac OS you are running. If you are running 10.3.x and X is less than 9 you can use software update to update to 10.3.9.
    • Click the More Info.. button to check your wireless card.

    About Mac
  2. The More Info... screen will open.
    • Look for the Wireless Card Type: (All Airport Extremesupport WPA2)
    • Your Wireless card also needs to support WPA2. 

    check Wireless Card

Before You Configure Your Connection


Before you configure your secure wireless connection will need to go to and log in using your NetID and password to check your status. This is a one time step only and must be completed by AllStudents, Faculty and Staff.


Configure Your Wireless Connection


  1. Click on the wireless icon located in the Menu bar
  2. Menu Bar ICON
  3. The AirPort menu will open
    • Click Turn AirPort On

    • Note: If AirPort is already on skip to the next step.
    Turn AirPort On
  4. The None of your preferred networks are available screen may open. If it does not open, go to Step 4.
    • Select QueensuSecure_WPA2
    • Click the Join button
    • Continue on with Step 5

    Time Not In Preferred
  5. Select QueensuSecure_WPA2 from the AirPort menu.
  6. Wireless Menu
  7. The 802.1X Authentication screen will open
    • In the User Name: box enter your NetID
    • In the Password: box enter your password
    • If this computer is used by others, or you use other NetIDs check the box Only use this password once
    • Click OK
    Authentication 802.1X
  8. If you did not check the box Only use this password once you will be prompted to save your confidential information (NetID and password) in your keychain
    • Click the Always Allow button
  9. The AirPort menu will be displayed.
    • Now QueensuSecure_WPA2 has a check mark beside it indicating this is the default connection.

    Check Connected
  10. Click Open Network Preferences...
  11. Network preferences
  12. The Network Preferences... screen will open
    • Select AirPort
    • Click the Advanced...button
    Reorder network preferences
  13. The Advance AirPort screen will open
    • Select the AirPort Tab (if not already selected)
    • The Preferred Network (default) will be listed at the top.
    • If QueensuSecure_WPA2 is not the first network listed, drag it to the top to make it the Preferred Network
    Network preferences
  14. You are now connected to the QueensuSecure_WPA2 wireless network. Future connections at Queen's will default to this network. Depending on the options you choose, you will be prompted for your NetID and password (step 5), or your Keychain (Computer login) password (step 6).

Disconnect from the wireless network


From the menu bar select the AirPort menu and select Turn AirPort Off.

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