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These steps are valid for Mac OS X 10.5 and later.

You should see the wireless signal indicator on the menu bar at the top right of the screen.
Mac<= It looks like a series of curved lines.

If it isn't there, follow these steps:

Step 1. Open the Apple menu and select System Preferences.

Step 2. Click on the Network icon.

Step 3. Find "AirPort" in the list, on the left side of the window.  
If it's not there, follow the next step.  If it is there, go to step 5.

Step 4. Click the + (plus sign) at the bottom left of the window. 
-- In the box that opens up, select AirPort for the interface. 
-- Click Create.

Step 5. Click on AirPort in the list on the left side of the window. 
-- If it says "Inactive," click the gear icon below the port list and select Make Service Active.

Step 6. On the right side of the Network preferences window will be a "Status" indicator.
-- If it says "Off", click Turn AirPort On.

Step 7. Click the Advanced button, and make sure the Show dropdown box is set to "AirPort."

Step 8. Click the TCP/IP tab
-- From the menu next to "Configure IPv4", make sure thatUsing DHCP is selected.

Step 9. Click the AirPort tab
-- Make sure the box is checked that says "Show AirPort status in menu bar."

Step 10. Click Apply Now.

-- Now that the signal indicator is there, you should be able to click on it and select the wireless network you want from the dropdown menu that appears. 

-- By default, anyone can connect to the Guest network, and they will be prompted to enter their username/password or email when they first open their web browser.

Connecting to a Secure Network:

Step 1. Go back to the network preferences
-- You can get there either the same way as before or by clicking on the wireless icon in the menu bar and selecting "Open Network Preferences."

Step 2. Click AirPort in the list on the left side of the window. 
-- Click the Advanced button on the lower right.

Step 3. Click on the 802.1X tab
-- Click on the + (plus sign) button on the lower left and select Add User Profile.

Step 4. Enter a name for the network under "User Profiles" on the left side of the window. 
-- This can be anything, but it's best to make it something easy to remember like "Tech Wireless".

Step 5. Enter your Tech username in the box marked "User Name" on the right.  You may have to enter it as "MTECHS\username" (without the quotes).

Step 6.(Optional) Type your password in the box below. 
-- If you don't type it here, you will be prompted to enter it before you connect to the wireless network.

Step 7. Make sure that MTSecure is selected in the "Wireless Network" box. 
-- If it isn't there, you can type it in manually.

Step 8. Select "WPA2 Enterprise" in the Security Type dropdown box.

Step 9. Make sure only the PEAP box is checked under "Authentication."

Step 10. Click OK.

Step 11. You should be back at the network preferences screen. 
-- Click the Advanced button again.

Step 12. Click the AirPort tab
-- Click on the + (plus sign) button on the lower left to add a network.

Step 13. In the box that pops up, enter MTSecure for the Network Name.

Step 14. Select "WPA2 Enterprise" in the dropdown box for Security.

Step 15. Enter your Tech username and password in the boxes. 
-- You may need to enter your username as "MTECHS\username" (without the quotes). Step 16. In the 802.1X box, select the name that you typed in Step 4 (i.e. "Tech Wireless").

Step 17.  Click Add.

Step 18.  Drag the MTSecure network to the top of the Preferred Network List and click OK.

You may need to shut AirPort off and turn it back on before it connects to the secure network properly.
-- Click the wireless icon in the menu bar and choose Turn AirPort Off, then Turn AirPort On.

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