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Wireless - Computer Requirements

This article provides a full list of supported operating systems and wireless cards for the uchicago-secure wireless network.

In order to use the uchicago-secure wireless network, your device must accept 802.1X/WPA2 technical standards. Some laptops include wireless hardware that does not support WPA2, and older laptops may require an update of your wireless card drivers. Contact your vendor to determine your computer's wireless compatibility with 802.1X/WPA2.


Operating System: Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or higher, Windows 7, or Windows 8 (Make sure your Operating System is up-to-date with the latest updates from Microsoft)

Wireless Card: 802.11a/b/g/n card that supports 802.1.X/WPA2 using native Windows Wi-Fi functionality (See the Third-Party Wireless Utilities section below)


Operating System: Intel-based Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher, or 10.6.4 or higher (Make sure your Operating System is up-to-date with the latest updates from Apple)

Wireless Card: Airport Extreme a/b/g/n (Older 802.11b-only AirPort cards are not compatible with 802.1.X/WPA2)

Mobile Devices

iOS (iPhone and iPad): OS 3.2 or OS 4.1 or later

Android: Wi-Fi capable and running OS 2.1 or later

Note: Due to variations in Android devices, not all Android devices will be fully compatible with the uchicago-secure network.

Third-Party Wireless Utilities

IT Services does not support using third-party wireless utilities in conjunction with our wireless network. Some examples of third-party wireless utilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Intel PROSet
  • Dell Wireless Utility
  • HP Wireless Assistant
  • Lenovo ThinkVantage Access Connections
  • Sony SmartWi Connection Utility

We recommend disabling these utilities when using wireless on-campus as they can interfere with your ability to connect successfully. When using our configuration wizard, your third-party wireless manager will be disabled (where possible) to utilize the built-in Windows wireless functionality. Please revert your configuration to restore your wireless.

Under review and will update in the next week or so

Keywords:802.1X, uchicago-secure, supported_operating_systems   Doc ID:16383
Owner:Brian N.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2010-12-29 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-03-10 17:06 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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