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These pages are for Mac users in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. These pages are maintained by Kees Huizing (c.huizing at You are encouraged to add and correct information. The pages are open for editing. Special thanks go to Berry Zwerts and Stijn Hoop for their patient help in figuring out several issues.

For information on Windows and Linux computers, see the information of the computer Facilities Bureau (


There is only one supported option to print from a Mac to a printer in the department: Windows via Samba. The most obvious way to add a printer to your Mac doesn't work, because all faculty printers resort under one virtual printer, winp3. See below for all information about printing from the Mac.

Printing Page


As of January 2009, the faculty has several Xerox copier machines that can do scanning. The scan will be sent to you by email. Not really Mac-specific, but good to know.

  1. enter the access code of the copier (not needed anymore?)
  2. choose Email
  3. press the green button to scan
  4. when scanning from the glass plate, press “Next original” if you want the current or next scan in the same file and press “Last original” if you want to close the file of scans with the current scan.


The big Xeroxes are quite good in copying and scanning from books. When you choose “Book” as the type of original, the left and right page are scanned as separate images. When your book doesn't fit a standard format, you can enter the size manually. Especially the width is important, since this determines where the page separation will be put (i.e., at half the width and this should coincide with the page separation in the original).


Wireless network

network tue and tue-wpa2

  • WiFi protocol is 802.11b/g
  • Security system: WPA with 802.1X and PEAP
  • Authentication: your username/password combination, the one that gives access to the Exchange Server, etc. Use “tue\…” as username.

For a full description on how to configure your Mac see Wireless access TU/e.


I have often problems with accessing the network tue. This isn't restricted to Mac users. Students with a non-TU/e laptop experience problems too. Different buildings have different configurations of the network. My experience is that Eduroam is the most reliable.

Some people found that tue-wpa2 works better with OSX (and, in fact, the iPhone) than tue or eduroam.

Currently, Jan 2011, tue-wpa2 works well. Signal in some auditorium halls is weak, however.


Eduroam is a “worldwide” network (Canada, Australia, most of the European countries) of educational and research institutes. The idea is that students and staff members can access the wireless network on any participating institute. You logon to the eduroam network with your institute credentials and corresponding password. It works for TU/e members on the TU/e campus, which can come inhandy when tue and tue-wpa do not work (which does happen, now and then). It also works on other institutes, although sometimes differences in the implementation prevent it from working.

Eduroam TU/e configuration

LDAP server

The TU/e sports an LDAP server with addresses etc. The applications Mail and Address Book can be configured to search this database when you need an address.


VPN (Virtual Private Network) gives you access to (partially) closed networks from outside the physical location of the network. The TU/e-network supports VPN for addresses starting with 131.155. Accessing via VPN gives you access to services that are blocked for external access, such as some library sevices and winstorage. See Configuration of VPN.

Mounting a Unix Directory

Your home directory of the Unix/Linux systems can be mounted as an external disk on your Mac. See Mounting Unix Directory.

Accessing a Windows Share (S: and T:)

The Windows shared disks can be mounted as a volume on your desktop. The URLs are:

  • smb://winfiler/common for S:
  • smb://winfiler/public for T:
  • smb://winfiler/<username> for your private share (<username> is your Exchange username, probably one initial and (part of) your last name).

To mount a volume, click one of the links above, or choose Go → Connect to Server… from the Finder menu bar. Then fill in the URL and press connect. Give your credentials when asked to.


TU/e Exchange Mail

TU/e Exchange Mail, with addresses … and …, can be accessed by:

  • web browser: use
  • Apple Mail using an Exchange account (variant of IMAP). Use
    • Internal Server:
    • External Server:
  • Apple Mail using a POP3 account
    • Incoming Mail Server:
  • Outgoing Mail Server (both for POP3 and IMAP):
    • Use custom port: 587
    • Authentication: Password
    • Use SSL: this option is recommended
    • fill in credentials
    • This server can also be used outside the TU/e network

Lync Telephone

In June 2012 new telephones have been distributed. They integrate with the Exchange server and your computer. You can receive and issue telephone calls from your computer, you can receive mails when you missed a phone call, and more.

Installation of Lync telephone

Winstorage and Time Machine

General Hints

There are some General Mac Hints that are not specific to the TU/e but seem worthwhile to share. Feel free to add your favourites.

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mac_wiki2/mac_wiki.txt · Last modified: 2013/06/18 19:27 by keesh