Boston University’s wireless network is secured using the IEEE 802.1x standard.
Most people will be able to connect to BU (802.1x) quickly and easily. When your computer or device finds BU (802.1x) on the network and presents it in your list of network choices, simply select it and log in to it, using your BU login name and Kerberos password. Under most circumstances, your computer or device will remember that choice and you shouldn’t need to select it again.
NOTE: You will see other BU (name) wireless networks, but the default choice for those with an active BU login name and Kerberos password is BU (802.1x). If, for some reason, more detailed configuration instructions are needed, read on…
Detailed Instructions and Troubleshooting:
Set up BU (802.1x) using the applicable instructions below.
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP (including Windows Mobile)
- Mac OS X
- Apple iPhone or iPod Touch
- Linux (includes Ubuntu Linux)
As needed – Set BU (802.1x) as the default SSID:
If you had previously used one of the other BU SSIDs, your computer or device might try to connect to that network first. In order to be sure your computer connects by default to BU (802.1x), make sure you followed the related steps in the Troubleshooting section of our configuration documentation.
As needed – Make sure you have an account, and that it is synchronized to AD:
You will need a BU login name and Kerberos password in order to connect to BU (802.1x). (This is the same login/password combination you may already be using to read email or access BU’s Web Login.)
In addition, use of BU (802.1x) requires that your Kerberos password be “synchronized” into Boston University’s Active Directory. Any account created after April, 2008 should be all set.
However, if you can’t get BU (802.1x) working, Kerberos synchronization should be your first troubleshooting step. It can’t hurt to synchronize more than once, so if you aren’t sure of your AD status and your account was created before April, 2008, you should definitely do so – just do a one-time login and then you’ll be all set. [You can access that link from any browser; it does not have to be a browser on the notebook or device on which you are configuring BU (802.1x). However, if it is the device you are trying to set up, you should connect to "BU Wireless Help," launch a browser, and access the link from there.]