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Name: Ken Young

Linux Distribution: Open Suse

Supplicant Used: Open 1X


I'm Ken Young, the moderator for this forum. We're hoping that, in true open source collaborative fashion, we can develop a simple and effective CWU wireless solution for Linux users by sharing our knowledge here. I'll post the parameters for connecting to CWU wireless below and some code snippets/suggestions to get things started. Please post anything you've come up with or questions you may have and we'll see how far we go.

Server Certificates

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Name: Jonathan

Linux Distribution: xubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

Supplicant Used: wpa_supplicant



I don't know if anyone pays attention to this little page anymore. If anyone is currently looking for information on how to connect with Linux, I might be able to provide some info. If you are using any variation of Ubuntu, it makes getting connected a little easier. On most modern Linux distros, wpa_supplicant comes pre-installed. The university has switched from wep to wpa, so it's a little different from before in getting connected.

If you don't have ubuntu, or one of the major user-friendly distros, email me and I can probably assist you in getting connected.

For people that do have a newer, user-friendly distro, the settings are as follows:

Use a wireless configuration program such as NetworkManager or wicd, or configure your interface manually.

SSID: cwu-wpa
Mode: Infrastructure
MTU: 1500
Security Type: WPA/WPA2 EAP (Enterprise)
Authentication: TTLS (Tunneled TLS)
Anonymous Identity: anonymous
CA certificate: This is required; I'll explain below.
Inner Authentication: PAP
Username: Your Safari/Intranet user name
Password: Your Safari/Intranet password
IPv4 settings: Automatic/DHCP
IPv6 settings: Preferably none/ignore.

An important part of the security configuration is the use of a CA certificate. I got the certificates, one each for the anat and asherah cwu servers, by installing the SecureW2 client on my Windows partition and using Windows Certificate Manager (Run certmgr.msc with the Run Command dialog box by either method: (windows key) + R or start menu -> Run... (Windows XP, or Vista/7 if you have it configured to show up on the start menu)) to save them to disk. It won't work without one of these (you don't necessarily need both of them). You should save them in the .cer file format to a flash drive, or in a location that is accessible by your Linux installation if you dual-boot.

If anyone has questions/input/additional information, post here!


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Name: Tyler Rupert

Linux Distribution: Linux Mint 8

Supplicant Used: wpa_supplicant


Thanks to both of you gentlemen. My distro came with wpa_supplicant so once I had that information and those certifications, I believe I used the asherah one, all I had to do was a little configuring and I was online again. It's so easy, even a total amateur like myself could do it. Thanks again.

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