Wireless WPA (Breezy)
scotth at csee.wvu.edu
Fri Sep 16 09:17:06 CDT 2005
On Sep 15, 2005, at 11:32 PM, R S Gill wrote:
> I am trying to connect to the wireless network at Purdue University.
> Purdue's wireless network uses PEAP to authenticate users.
> I am trying to connect to the wireless network with a Netgear WG511T
> wireless card which works with Breezy out of the box. I have tried
> connecting to the network using wpa_supplicant and xsupplicant. I have
> also installed the ca-certificates package.
> So far I have been unsuccessful.
> As a reference, the instructions (Windows and Mac) that Purdue
> provides to connect to the wireless network can be dound at:
We have a similar setup here at WVU. I don't have this setup on my
laptop, but here is the wiki entry created by someone who has. Hope it
This page will explain how I configured my laptop to use secure.wvu. A
work in progress.
First, you have to sign up using the process detailed at
Next, you need the following packages: wpasupplicant, openssl,
My config file for wpasupplicant is /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf and looks
You should be able to use this verbatim.
Next, to start the daemon, execute:
sudo wpa_supplicant -d -i ath0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -D madwifi
-d enables debug, -i is the inteface, -c is the config file, and -D is
the driver (mine is madwifi, choose your own poison).
Once the daemon is running, you can run the command line interface,
wpa_cli. It will hook onto the daemon and wait for secure.wvu to come
into range, and prompt for credentials. When prompted for credentials,
enter them like this:
identity 0 jeckersb
password 0 --password-goes-here--
At this point running iwconfig should show association with secure.wvu.
Now run dhclient on the interface to get an address.
Currently, at this point I got an address, but the AP kept dropping my
connection. I don't know if it's because of poor signal or what, but I
still haven't successfully used this. I'm 99% positive if I can keep
associated the connection will work perfectly.
update --johnny, 2005/05/03 11:01 EST
I just tried again during a bits n bytes run, and successfully browsed
slashdot from the lobby. The connection kept cutting out, but it was
still moderately usable. I think the cutting out behavior may be from
my network applet getting horribly confused and trying to steal back
the interface, so next time I go down I'm going to test again without
the applet running.
Victory --johnny, 2005/05/03 13:57 EST
After killing my network applet, this works perfectly now. Somebody
else try this and let me know if it works.
Dosen't work --scotth, 2005/05/03 19:44 EST
Tried on DWL-122 with linux-wlan-ng driver. It does not work. I think
its trying to use hostap ioctls, but they don't work on my drivers.
Either way, I think you need a supported driver which can be listed by
passing the -D option with nothing following it.
Additional Info --gregoryt, 2005/09/07 15:39 EST
Quote from a user that might come in handy: FYI if you would like to
add it to your wiki, to get this to work with intel ipw2200 cards you
must add the following line to your /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf: ap_scan=2
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