Configuring Wi-Fi for macOS Computers

This workflow details the best practices for deploying Wi-Fi configurations for macOS using a computer configuration profile. Configuration profiles are XML files (.mobileconfig) that provide an easy way to define settings and restrictions for macOS computers and users. It is recommended that you create a configuration profile that allows computers to automatically join the wireless network. If you are using a certificate to authenticate to the network, the respective Certificate, SCEP (Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol), or AD Certificate (Active Directory certificate) payloads must be configured in the same profile before configuring the Network payload. You can then specify the computers and users to which the profile should be applied (called "scope").


To configure Wi-Fi for macOS computers by using the instructions in this guide, you need a valid push certificate uploaded to Jamf Pro.

Configuring Wi-Fi for macOS Computers

You can configure Wi-Fi by deploying a computer configuration profile.

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Configuration Profiles.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/18793743/Icon_New_Button.png .

  5. Use the General payload to configure the following:

    1. Enter a display name.

    2. Choose "Install Automatically" from the Distribution Method pop-up menu.

  6. (Optional) If you are using a certificate to authenticate to the network, configure the Certificate, SCEP, or AD Certificate payloads.

  7. Use the Network payload to configure the following:

    1. Choose "Wi-Fi" from the Network Interface pop-up menu.

    2. Enter your SSID in the Service Set Identifier (SSID) field.

    3. Ensure the Auto Join checkbox is selected to allow computers to automatically join this wireless network.

    4. Select your wireless network security type from the Security Type pop-up menu.
      If prompted, enter the password to your wireless network.
      If your security type is an enterprise, select the checkboxes of the protocols you want to use.

    5. (Optional) If you are using a certificate to authenticate to the network, choose the certificate from the Identity Certificate pop-up menu.

  8. Click the Scope tab to configure the scope of the profile.
    For more information, see the Scope page in the Jamf Pro Administrator's Guide.

  9. Click Save.

The profile is distributed to computers in the scope the next time they contact Jamf Pro.

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