Follow the instructions to set up eduroam if you are using Ubuntu Linux.

System requirements

Hardware

A notebook computer with either 802.11b or 802.11g wireless capability.

Software

802.1x uses WPA or WPA2 for security, to provide support for this level of encryption Linux relies on the application WPA_supplicant.

The WPA_supplicant application can be difficult to set up. Fortunately, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS provides a network management application, Network-Manager, which uses WPA_supplicant as a plug-in and hence provides simple point and click configuration for WPA and 802.1x networks.

To provide a graphical user interface to Network-Manager in the Gnome desktop environment the 'application network-manager-gnome' is available. For users of the KDE desktop environment the equivalent NetworkManager graphical interface is 'network-manager-kde'.

Network-Manager is available in the official Ubuntu software repositories.

Visitors to the University of Western Australia must substitute the username and passwords supplied to them by their home institution for those suggested below.

Preparation

  1. Select Add/Remove applications.
  2. Click on the Advanced button. This opens the Synaptic Package Manager window.

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  3. Click on the Search icon to display the 'Find' dialog.
  4. Enter 'network manager' in the 'search' field, and click the 'Search' button.

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  5. Click on the check box next to 'network-manager-gnome': select 'Mark for installation'.

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  6. Click on 'Mark'. This ensures that the Network-Manager application will be installed along as part of the gnome front-end package.

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  7. Click on 'Apply' in the 'Synaptic Package Manager' window.
  8. Click on 'Apply' in the dialog box.

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  9. Once the installation process has finished exit the 'Synaptic Package Manager' and log out of Ubuntu, then login again.

Configuration

After logging back in, the 'Network-Manager' applet appears in the toolbar. Left-clicking on the applet will display all available wireless networks, if wireless is currently enabled.

Note: if there are no wireless networks available right-click on the 'Network-Manager' applet and ensure that 'Enable Wireless' is ticked.

  1. Select 'Connect to Other Wireless Network'...

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  2. Enter the configuration information, as shown below. Do not change any other information.
  3. Click on the 'Connect' button.

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  4. The 'Network-Manager' will display an animated icon indicating that it is attempting to connect. Once the connection is made the icon will be displayed as a bar graph showing signal strength. Move the mouse pointer over the icon to display information about the connection.

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