This post is directed primarily at students of University of Texas at Arlington. In this, I will explain the steps to connect to UTA Wireless Auto Login for Ubuntu users. UTA has other modes of connecting wirelessly (like UTA Web login) but seems to be favoring UTA Auto Login. For a long time, I was not able to connect via Ubuntu. The software used for Auto Login was available for Windows and Mac but not for Linux. Also even in the OIT page there was no instructions for Linux users. So I used to always carry an ethernet cable with me so that I can plugin to the numerous network outlets. But that setup kind of limited my locations where I can use my computer within UTA.
I recently noticed that OIT’s website is updated with instructions to connect to UTA Auto Login. (Thanks Kirti for pointing out !) . If you want to try it out, check Linux configuration for UTA Auto Login . It worked fine but I felt that you are mucking around with command line unnecessarily. Of course, any Linux user is not afraid of command line – but if there is an easier way why do the hard way ?
So to connect to UTA Auto Login in the easy way follow these steps :
1) Fire up Ubuntu and check the available wireless networks within UTA.
2) Select UTA Auto Login network. This will bring up a dialog box asking Network details. Enter the following details :
Security : WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
Authentication : Protected EAP (PEAP)
Anonymous Identity : (leave as blank)
CA certificate : (leave as blank)
PEAP version : Automatic
Inner Authentication : MSCHAPV2
Username : uta\netid
Password : password
3) Trying connecting now. It might warn about certificate. I think we can ignore it for now. I am not sure where to get the certificate file , so I ignored the warning. It does seem to take quite some time to connect, but it did connect successfully ultimately.
4) Have fun with Wireless in Ubuntu !!
There are some minor annoyances in using Auto Login with Ubuntu.
1. The connections seems to disconnect itself periodically for no reason although it reconnects back.
2. In case , you have the ssid "UTA Wireless Setup" already setup, it might connect itself automatically before UTA Auto Login. To prevent that, right click on the network icon at the top panel and select "Edit Connections". Select Wireless tab and delete the "UTA Wireless Setup" entry.
If you want to try out OIT’s way of using the wpa_supplicant.conf file then beware of one thing : When you copy the entries from webpage and copy it into a editor, some characters might be garbled – more exactly, the double quote " becomes the stylistic ” . If you get an error from wpa_supplicant as unable to parse the conf file, then this is the most likely reason.
I have emailed the OIT people with the new steps. Hopefully, it will be updated in their website.
Have fun with Wireless in Ubuntu !