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Linux and Unix Wireless Settings

Distributions of Linux and Unix vary widely, so the following information is provided as a general guideline.

If using a graphical client like knetworkmanager, enter the information as follows:

  • Name/SSID: SVSU
  • Encryption: WPA2 Enterprise 
  • EAP Method: PEAP
  • Identity/User Name: Your SVSU Username
  • Password: Your SVSU Password
  • Credentials: disable or leave blank

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If a graphical network manager is not available or WPA encryption is not present, check to see ifwpa_supplicant is installed.  There are packages available for most Linux and BSD distributions.

When wpa_supplicant is installed, create a text file in /etc/ called wpa_supplicant.conf and enter the following information, modifying the identity and password fields.  If the password field is left blank, you will be prompted when you try to connect.

ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
ctrl_interface_group=wheel
network={
ssid="SVSU"
scan_ssid=1
key_mgmt=WPA-EAP
eap=PEAP
identity="svsulogin"
password="svsupassword1"
}

To run wpa_supplicant, open a terminal window and switch to the root user.  Type the commandwpa_supplicant -i wlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf where wlan0 is the name of your wireless interface (use ifconfig -a to check interfaces). 

Note that kernels 2.4 and earlier have little to no wireless support.  For further information, contact IT Support at extension 4225, or visit the Network Support office at Wickes 374.