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Mac Console: Connecting to WPA-Enterprise/WPA2-Enterprise networks

You can use SlingStudio Console to connect your SlingStudio unit to WPA-Enterprise and WPA2-Enterprise Wi-Fi networks. Here's how.

When connecting your SlingStudio unit to a Wi-Fi network in the field, you may find that the network that you're connecting to uses WPA-Enterprise or WPA2-Enterprise security. This is often used both in corporate and in institutional environments.

Such networks require you to have both a username and a password to sign on to the Wi-Fi network. If you don't have these, check with the administrator for that network.

Connecting to a WPA-Enterprise/WPA2-Enterprise Wi-Fi hotspot

To connect to a WPA-Enterprise or WPA2-Enterprise Wi-Fi network:

  1. Launch SlingStudio Console. In the main screen, from the icons in the lower-right, click INTERNET.
    The Internet Settings dialog box opens.
  2. In Internet Settings, under CHOOSE A NETWORK, look for the network that you want to use.
  3. If the SSID (network name) appears in the CHOOSE A NETWORK list:
    1. Click to select the WPA-Enterprise/WPA2-Enterprise Wi-Fi network that you want to work with.
      A dialog box appears.
    2. In the dialog box, enter your username and password, and then connect to the network.
      Your SlingStudio unit connects to the WPA-Enterprise/WPA2-Enterprise Wi-Fi network, and you're done.
  4. If the SSID (network name) does not appear in the CHOOSE A NETWORK list:
    1. Scroll to the end of the list and click Other...
      The OTHER NETWORKS dialog box opens.
    2. Click the NAME field, and then type the name of the WPA-Enterprise/WPA2-Enterprise network that you want to connect your SlingStudio unit to.
      IMPORTANT: Be sure to type carefully! The network name must be entered correctly.
    3. Click the SECURITY field and then choose either WPA2 Enterprise or WPA2 Enterprise from the list, whichever is appropriate for the network that you're connecting to.
    4. Enter your username and password.
      If you're not sure what to enter for username and/or password, then check with the administrator of the Wi-Fi hotspot that you want to connect to.
    5. When you're finished entering the correct information, click JOIN.
      The SlingStudio connects to the Wi-Fi network that you have specified.
  5. Need to connect using a static IP address?
    1. At the far right of the listing for the hidden network that you just joined, click the blue circled "i" icon.
      The network's IP address dialog box opens.
    2. To the right of Configure IP, click Automatic and change the setting to Manual.
      Additional settings appear.
    3. Click the settings to edit the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Router entries using the figures provided by the network's administrator.
    4. Click SAVE, then close the IP address dialog box.

EAP extensions supported by SlingStudio Console

WPA-Enterprise and WPA2-Enterprise Wi-Fi networks use EAP extensions to improve compatibility with various devices that might need to connect to the Wi-Fi network.

SlingStudio Console supports these EAP extensions:

  • PEAPv0/EAP-MSCHAPv2
  • PEAPv1/EAP-GTC
  • EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2

Can't connect to the network?

Note that there are some limitations:

  • These TLS modes are not supported:
    • EAP-TLS
    • EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2 (April 2005)
    • PEAP-TLS
  • Server-level authentication is also not supported

Check with your network administrator

Beyond these limitations, if you have questions about compatibility, or are having trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi network, please contact the network's administrator. That person knows the network's setup, has access to administrative tools, and is by far the best source for information and troubleshooting.