Students, faculty, and staff can access Wireless Pittnet in all buildings and outside areas on lower campus.  Those that wish to connect to Wireless Pittnet will need to know their University username and password. They should configure their computers according to these directions:

Windows Computers

To connect your Windows computer to Wireless PittNet, you need:

  • Windows 7
  • 802.11 b/g-compliant wireless network card that supports the 802.1x standard and WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access)
  • Valid University Computing Account

Follow the quick instructions below.

Windows 7

  1. Click the Network Connect icon from the task bar. Windows 7 will scan the network and provide you with a list of all available wireless networks.
  2. Select WIRELESS-PITTNET, and click Connect.
  3. Click on the Additional log on information is required to connect to WIRELESS-PITTNET window.
  4. In the Network Authentication window, enter your University Computer Account username and password. Click OK.
  5. If the Windows Security Alert displays, click Connect
  6. The computer will now authenticate to the network. Once it has successfully authenticated, the network connectivity icon in the tray will display the signal strength.

Mac Computers

To connect your Mac to Wireless PittNet, you need:

  • Mac OS X v10.3 or higher
  • Apple AirPort Extreme
  • Valid University Computing Account

OS 10.5

Follow the quick instructions below.

  1. In the AirPort Status menu, select WIRELESS-PITTNET. This option will only be present if you are in an area with Wireless PittNet coverage.
  2. When prompted, enter your University Computing Account username and password in the boxes provided. Click OK.
  3. In the Verify Certificate window, click Show Certificate.
  4. Click the triangle next to Details to expand it. In the When using this certificate… pull-down menu, select Always Trust. Click Continue.
  5. You should now be connected to Wireless PittNet. To connect in the future, simply select WIRELESS-PITTNET from the AirPort status menu. You will be connected when the icon changes from gray to black.

OS 10.3 / 10.4

Follow the quick instructions below. Before attempting the steps listed below, it is recommended that you update to the latest version of the Apple AirPort software.

Enable Airport:

  1. If you have the AirPort Status menu bar icon in the upper right corner of your screen, proceed directly to Configure Wireless.
  2. If the AirPort Status icon is not present, open System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  3. Click on the Network icon located in the Internet and Network area of the window.
  4. If you see the AirPort card listed in the Network window, you may proceed to step.
  5. If it is not listed, click on the drop-down menu next to Show and select Network Port Configurations.
  6. Note: When making changes to the network settings, the lock in the lower left-hand corner of the Network window must be unlocked. In order to unlock the settings, you must be able to install software on your computer. To unlock the icon, click on it and type in your Mac username and password.
  7. Make sure there is a check in the box by AirPort. Click on the Apply Now button.
  8. Click the drop-down menu next to Show and select AirPort. Make sure that the AirPort tab is selected. By default, join should be set to Automatic. Make sure there is a check in the box next to Show AirPort status in menu bar.
  9. Click on the TCP/IP tab and make sure that the settings for Configure IPv4 are set to Using DHCP. Click on the Apply Now button.
  10. Your AirPort settings should now be correct and properly enabled. Close all the System Preference windows and continue with the configuration.

Configure Wireless

  1. Open Internet Connect from the Applications folder on the hard drive.
  2. From the File menu, select New 802.1x Connection.
  3. From the Configuration dropdown box, select Edit Configurations.
  4. In the Description box, type Wireless PittNet. Select AirPort in the Network Port dropdown box. For Wireless Network, enter WIRELESS-PITTNET. Finally in the Authentication box, uncheck all options except PEAP. Click on OK.
  5. Enter your University Computing Account username and password. Click Connect in the 802.1x connection window.
  6. You will receive a window that shows that you are connected and lists the connection time. You can now close the Internet Connection application. At this time, you will be asked to save your new configuration. Enter the name Wireless PittNet, and click on the Save button.

When you are in an area that has Wireless PittNet coverage, you should automatically be connected to the network. If you are sure you are in a supported area but are not automatically connected, open the Internet Connection application. Click the 802.1x tab, and click Connect. This will authenticate you to the Wireless PittNet network.