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Connect your Linux computer to the UCT wireless service

Linux

To set up your connection to eduroam, you need to first secure your computer, then set it up to connect to eduroam and, finally, configure your web browser. 

Step 1: Secure your computer

Before you connect to the UCT wireless service, your computer must comply with UCT Networking policies:

Failure to comply with these requirements puts you in violation of the Policy on unsecured computers at UCT - and you could lose access to the UCT network.

 

Step 2: Set up your eduroam connection in one of two ways

Automatically set up your computer using eduroam CAT

NOTE:
If your laptop can also connect via network cable, configure your web browser(s) for automatic proxy detection.

  1. Download the Linux installation file.
  2. Open Terminal and give the file "execute" permission by typing:
    chmod +x /path_to_your_download_folder/eduroam-linux-UoCT.sh
  3. In Terminal, run your script by typing:
    /path_to_your_download_folder/eduroam-linux-UoCT.sh
    (Substitute the text "path_to_your_download_folder" with the actual path.)
  4. When prompted, enter your UCT username@wf.uct.ac.za and UCT network password.
  5. Confirm your password.
or
Manually set up your computer

Instructions are available for:

 

SLED 10 - Gnome

To set up the connection via Network Manager, follow these steps:

  1. Select Computer > More Applications.
  2. In the Application Browser window, click Network Manger Editor under the System section.
  3. In the Wireless Network dialog box, select eduroam from the Wireless Networks column.
  4. In the Wireless Network Key Required dialog box:
    • Network Manager automatically detects certain settings. Ensure that the following information is correct:
      • Wireless Security: WPA Enterprise
      • EAP Method: PEAP
      • Key Type: Automatic
    • For Identity, enter your username@wf.uct.ac.za (“username” is your student or staff number)
    • For Password, enter your UCT network password. (Note: Don't enter any CA certificate information.)
    • Click Connect.
  5. If your laptop can also connect via a network cable, configure your web browser(s) correctly.

 

Ubuntu

NOTE:
These steps were tested on Ubuntu 13.04.

  1. Click the network configuration icon on the taskbar.
  2. When the Wireless Networks menu listing appears, select eduroam from the list.
  3. In the WiFi Authentication Required dialog box:
    • Ensure that you set the following options:
      • WiFi security: WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
      • Authentication: Protected EAP (PEAP)
      • PEAP Version: Automatic
      • Inner Authentication: MSCHAPv2
    • For Username, enter your username@wf.uct.ac.za (“username” is your student or staff number).
    • For Password, enter your UCT network password.
    • Leave all other fields blank.
    • Click Connect.
  4. When the No Certificate Authority certificate chosen dialog box appears:
    • Check Don't warn me again.
    • Click Ignore.
  5. If your laptop can also connect via a network cable, configure your web browser(s) correctly.

 

Step 3: Configure your web browser(s) correctly

NOTE:
This step applies only to laptop or PC browsers. If you’re using a mobile device (e.g. smart phone or tablet), do not carry out these steps.

Please carry out these steps for each of the browsers you use on your computer.

Browser Instructions
Internet Explorer
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools > Internet Options.
  3. In the Internet Options dialog box, select the Connections tab.
    • Click LAN Settings.
  4. In the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box:
    • Ensure that all check boxes are cleared.
    • Click OK.
Firefox
  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click Tools > Options.
  3. In the Options dialog box, click Advanced.
    • Select the Network tab.
      Under the Connection field, click Settings...
  4. In the Connection Settings dialog box:
    • Select No proxy.
    • Click OK.
Chrome
  1. Open Chrome and enter the following web address:
    chrome://chrome/settings/
  2. Select Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Settings page, under Network, click Change proxy settings...
  4. In the Internet Properties dialog box, select the Connections tab.
    • Click LAN Settings.
  5. In the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box:
    • Ensure that all check boxes are cleared.
    • Click OK.
Safari
  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click Safari > Preferences....
  3. In the Preferences dialog box, select the Advanced tab.
    • In the Proxies field, click Change Settings...
  4. In the Network dialog box, select the Proxies tab.
    • Ensure that all check boxes are cleared.
    • Click OK.
  5. In the Network dialog box:
    • Click Apply.
    • Close the Network dialog box.
Opera
  1. Open Opera.
  2. Click the Opera Menu and select Settings.
  3. In the Settings page, under Network, click Change proxy settings...
  4. In the Internet Properties dialog box, select the Connections tab.
    • Click LAN Settings.
  5. In the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box:
    • Ensure that all check boxes are cleared.
    • Click OK.

 

 

Warning: Using your laptop with 3G or other wireless services

After setting up and saving your eduroam connection, eduroam will allocate an IP address to your device. If you then connect your laptop to a different service that controls your wireless connectivity (e.g. a cellular 3G connection), you may experience issues with eduroam. If this happens, seek assistance from ICTS.

 

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