I've gone through the MacOS X instructions and would comment that they are
not for the average user. I had to look up instructions in order to do half
If this is going to be required procedure for all OSX wireless users,
perhaps the instructions could be fleshed out a bit? I had to look up how
to turn on the root user, etc. and it isn't in the on-system help file. You
have to go to Apple support.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lynne Meeks" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 1:27 PM
Subject: Wireless Network to be secured by VPN
> Beginning Monday, August 5, 2002 the wireless network that has been
> installed by
> Network Services in several buildings on campus (known as Cat's PAWS)
> will be secured by being configured behind our VPN (Virtual Private
> Network). This means that wireless users will need to install and run
> VPN client software in order to access the wireless network. Currently,
> the Cat's PAWS wireless network is completely open; there is no
> encryption of information over the air and there is no authentication,
> which means that anyone with an 802.11b wireless card can obtain
> Internet access. From an Internet security standpoint, this is not a
> good thing, thus the need to secure the wireless network.
> After you have installed a VPN client, your wireless transmissions over
> the air will be encrypted and you will need to authenticate yourself to
> the VPN (using your Zoo username and password) in order to access the
> Internet over the wireless network.
> VPN clients for Windows, Mac OS 8 and 9, and Mac OS X can be downloaded
> from the software distribution web page http://www.uvm.edu/software.
> Installation instructions can also be found there. Macintosh users
> should pay particular attention to the installation instructions and the
> sequence of steps necessary to correctly install and run the VPN client.
> Lynne Meeks
> Network Services
> University of Vermont
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