Networking, Wireless, Setup IllinoisNet using IllinoisNet_Guest on Mac OS X

This page provides instructions for using IllinoisNet_Guest to connect to IllinoisNet on a Mac

IllinoisNet_Guest is used to configure your laptop, phone, or tablet to IllinoisNet. Once you have successfully completed the configuration steps, you no longer need to use IllinoisNet_Guest. You will be able to connect to IllinoisNet directly

1.  Go to wireless settings and connect to the IllinoisNet_Guest SSID

2.  Open a browser window and navigate to You should automatically be redirected to a captive portal. You can also reach the captive portal at
3.  Input your NetID and password when prompted
     IllinoisNet_Guest Portal

4.  Click on the checkbox for "I accept the terms of use"
5.  Click on the Log In button
6.  You should briefly see a Logging In screen.
IllinoisNet_Guest Login Progress

7.  Click on "Set Up IllinoisNet"
IllinoisNet_Guest Setup IllinoisNet    
8.  Click on IllinoisNet
IllinoisNet_Guest IllinoisNet    
9.  Follow the on-screen instructions.
IllinoisNet_Guest Setup Profile

10. You will be prompted to download and install a profile.
 IllinoisNet_Guest Install Profile 1   

11. Enter your University of Illinois NetID and password (used for connecting to IllinoisNet wireless), and click "Install."
IllinoisNet_Guest Install Profile 2    

12. Enter your local computer password (to allow changes to your computer's settings), and click "OK."
 IllinoisNet_Guest Local Password   

13. The profile should now be installed. 
IllinoisNet_Guest Profile Installed    
     However, at this point your computer will still be connected to IllinoisNet_Guest.

14.  IMPORTANT: After the profile is installed, you must manually:
     a.  "Forget" the IllinoisNet_Guest network: Networking, Wireless, Forgetting a Network
     b.  Select IllinoisNet from the list of available wireless networks.

To confirm that your Mac OS X computer is properly configured for IllinoisNet:
1.  Click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and choose "Open Network Preferences..."

2.  Verify that the current network name is "IllinoisNet" and the status is "Connected."
     Mac Verify 1

3.  Click "Advanced" and select the "Wi-Fi" tab.  Verify that the list of Preferred Networks:
     a.  Includes IllinoisNet.
     b.  Does not include IllinoisNet_Guest
     c.  You may see eduroam.  If so, it should be listed below IllinoisNet.
     d.  You may see other non-University networks (e.g. your home wireless network).
     Mac Verify 2

4.  Select the "802.1X" tab and verify that the WiFi (IllinoisNet) profile is installed.
     Mac 802.1X

 If you have any questions about these settings, please contact the Technology Services Help Desk.

Keywords:IllinoisNet_Guest SSID Mac OS X OSX   Doc ID:54527
Owner:wireless w.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-07-30 14:55 CSTUpdated:2018-09-25 09:10 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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