How to Configure Your iOS Device on DILNET Wi-Fi

For the past years, students and teachers in UP consult me regarding Apple devices and one of their inquiries involves configuring these to use the university’s WiFi connection. Since there was no how-to that was made yet, I made one specifically for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). Here it goes:

1. On your iOS device, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and make sure that you’re not connected to any Wi-Fi network.

2. Look for the DILNET Network ID (or SSID) on the list of available Wi-Fi connections and tap the blue arrow icon to configure it. You need to configure your device first before connecting to the device. Doing vice-versa (connecting first and configuring afterwards) will only erase your configurations for some reason every time you try to set it up.

3. On the IP Address portion, set it to DHCP and input the following values for the DNS: 10.32.1.7, 10.16.3.143

4. On the HTTP Proxy portion, set it to Manual and input the following values on the respective fields:

Server: proxy7.up.edu.ph
Port: 8080
Authentication: On
Username: <your UP Webmail username>
Password: <your password>

5. Go back to the previous menu and then tap the name of the Wi-Fi connection (DILNET) to connect to the network.

6. Wait for the WiFi icon on your iOS device to appear and then tap again the blue arrow button to enable Auto-Join but disable Auto-Login. Tap the Home button and then launch Safari.

And that’s it! Your iOS device should work on DILNET Wi-Fi connection now! This configuration was tested on an iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1. I have an iPhone 2G running iOS 3.1.3 but it only works on selected hotspots in the university. Also, there will be locations in which some apps work and then those apps won’t work on other locations too. Although I was able to make some apps (e.g. Twitter, Instagram) work, the Mail app works only on some locations. I’m still finding out the reason why some apps only work (or don’t work) on some locations.

If it still doesn’t work, you need to either dance for a bit or do a cartwheel – just kidding! You might need to reboot your device to make the new configurations work.

If you have ideas on improving my how-to or if you feel that there’s a need for some corrections, feel free to leave a comment on this blogpost. If you know other apps that you were able to use through DILNET WiFi, please let me know as well. 🙂

UPDATE: Here’s a link from the DILNET Facebook page that you might find helpful too: Accessing UP Proxies via iPhone/iPod/iPad.

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