iPod [Touch|Phone] 2.0 firmware and LEAP

Woohoo! Altough I couldn’t find any official (or even unofficial) links at the moment, I can safely say that the new Touch 2.0 firmware now supports LEAP Authentication! I got it working  by accident on my company’s wireless network which exclusively supports LEAP authentication.

There are a few gotchas, though. When configuring your wireless connection, it seems that there’s no LEAP option shown at the list of security mechanism. And in my case, my company’s wireless SSID is hidden by default (although I can see it in my NetworkManager’s list of wireless networks). So what worked for me was:

  • Go to your Wi-Fi Networks settings at Settings->Wi-fi.
  • Choose Other Network
  • Enter your network’s SSID and choose None security, and Join
  • The iPod then should bind with the wireless network (you would be able see the wireless strength and a check besides the network’s SSID), although you can’t browse (no IP address configuration, for instance)
  • Go to the Wi-Fi Networks page again and simply click the network’s SSID (even if it’s shows as connected)
  • A username/password dialog should appear. Enter your data and voilá, you are connected through LEAP in your iPod touch.

The authentication data is stored as far as I can tell, so you shouldn’t need to do that again unless you change your password.

I hope the LEAP-not-showing-as-wifi-security-choice in the new iPod touch is a minor GUI glitch that hopefully will be solved by the next minor release of the firmware. Leave a line if you know where can we provide feedback to Apple about this. Also please comment if this is working for you or not (I have tested in at least two iPod touch/phones from my co-workers, but you see, we all are in the same environment here).


11 thoughts on “iPod [Touch|Phone] 2.0 firmware and LEAP”

  1. It’s simply strange having so many different results for essentially a well-controlled environment (or are there different LEAP ‘dialects’ that I’m not seeing here?)

    I’m still using iPod touch firmware 2.x and still reliably connecting to my company’s wireless network every time. DHCP is working, no need to re-enter the SSID each time etc.


  2. I tried the steps and it works.

    The only problem is that the SSID is not saved as a known access point. I have to enter it again everytime after a standby.

  3. I just tried all the steps mentioned above and none of them worked for me. I’m really anxious and hope to be able to use my iPod at work so I can be productive and do not have to be at my desk to get work done.
    If anyone find a way to log in please share it so we all can join in.

  4. If I select WPA2 Enterprise. I can enter my username and password immediately, then I can bind with the network but I get a 169. type IP address and I am basically not connected to the internet

    Thats a DHCP problem…Give yourself a static IP on your companies range.

  5. I have been trying everything and nothing worked. Here is where I am:

    1. If try what Klaus indicates above, It will not let me join with at all with none in security
    2. If I select WPA2 Enterprise. I can enter my username and password immediately, then I can bind with the network but I get a 169. type IP address and I am basically not connected to the internet
    3. If I “forget this network” and then get in again then i am asked for Username and Password … again and then same result as 2

    So anyclue anyone might have would be welcom



  6. I got mine working by selecting other, specifying the SSID, then changing the security to WPA2 Enterprise, then was able to enter username/password

  7. Hey everyone, I’ll perform some tests in my company’s wifi network as soon as I can. I’m just hoping it wasn’t pure luck 🙂

  8. Connecting to a LEAP network has been the Holy Grail for me ever since I got my iPod Touch. The steps you give are the closest thing I’ve found yet.

    However, this doesn’t quite seem to work for me.

    I’m able to big to a network identity with my company’s SSID and no security setting just as you describe — BUT when I try to join I’m prompted for a PASSWORD ONLY… no username. I can’t join my company’s network without putting in my username.

    Any thoughts? (Sorry to bug you, but as I say, this is best hope I’ve seen)

    — mm

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