Linux Wireless

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The Linux operating system comes in many different distributions, with many different user interfaces, and ways to configure its software. Therefore, it is not possible for the University of Akron to list setups for all of them. We have decided to take the most popular distribution, Ubuntu, and provide GUI instructions for the 3 most common user interfaces (Gnome, KDE,and Xfce). The installation instructions were made using the Network Manager and default installations of Ubuntu. Please note that Ubuntu comes default with Gnome. Ubuntu with KDE is known as Kubuntu and with Xfce is Xubuntu. Different distributions should either be the same or very similiar.

GUI Setup

Ubuntu and Xubuntu (Gnome and Xfce)

These two user interfaces have nearly identical setups. The instructions listed are for Ubuntu but should apply to Xubuntu


Right click the Network icon, go to Edit Connections. From here, select the Wireless tab and click the Add button.

2. Name the connection rootown and enter rootown as the SSID. Select the Wireless Security tab.
3. Fill out the following for wireless security.

Security: WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
Authentication: Protected EAP (PEAP)
Anonymous Identity: Leave Blank
CA Certificate: None
PEAP Version: Version 1
Inner Authentication: MSCHAPv2
User Name: Your UAnetID
Password: Password for your UAnetID

Click Apply. Use the image to help you if required.

4. You may get a warning in regards to the CA Certificate. Check the box that says "Don't Warn Me Again" and click Ignore. The Network Manager should auto connect nown and in the future. Follow the same steps to change your password if needed.

Kubuntu (KDE)


Click the KDE logo in the bottom left corner. Go to System Settings. Click Networking Settings.

2. Click Network Management and then the Wireless tab. click the Add button.
3. Enter rootown as the SSID. Click the Wireless Security tab. Fill out the settings as follows:

Security: WPA-EAP
EAP Method: PEAP
Anonymous Identity: Blank
CA Certificate: Blank
PEAP & Version: Version 1
Inner Authentication: MSCHAPv2
Username: Your UAnetID
Password: Your UAnetID Password

Click Ok out of everything and your profile should be set.

See Also

Wireless Setup