Connecting to a Wired Port On-Campus Using a Mac Computer (How-to)

Below are instructions for connecting to a wired network port from on-campus.

For on-campus residents: Before you can connect your Mac computer to a wired port in your residence hall, you will need to have put in a request for a Wired Network Issue. Wired ports are not activated in residence halls by default.

Trust the Root Certificate

Keychain Access

  1. Open Keychain Access. In this example, Spotlight Search was used to find it quickly.

Keychain access screen

  1. In the left Keychains column, select System Roots.
  2. In the left Category column, select Certificates.
  3. In the right pane, find and double-click AAA Certificate Services. This is the root certificate that needs to be trusted.

  1. Click the triangle next to Trust to expand this section.
  2. Click the menu next to Extensible Authentication (EAP) and select Always Trust.

Certificate settings screen

  1. When you've chosen your settings, close Keychain Access.

NOTE: Faculty and staff will need to gain temporary administrative access to their computers by following the instructions at Obtaining Temporary Admin Access on a Mac (How-to).

Enable 802.1X Authentication in MacOS

Network control panel

  1. Click the wireless icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Select Open Network Preferences.

Network Preferences

  1. In the left panel, click Ethernet.
  2. In the lower right corner, click the Advanced… button.
Network Control Panel

Ethernet 802.1x settings

  1. In the menu bar across the top, click 802.1X.
  2. In the lower left corner, ensure the Enable automatic connection box is checked.
  3. Click OK.

802.1x Settings

  1. Going back to network control panel, click the Apply button. ​​​​​​
Network Control Panel - Apply


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