Configuring WPA2 for Linux

The University has two wireless networks: uOttawa and uOttawa-WPAYou should only associate with these networks.  Networks with other names (EG, FreeInternet, OttawaU, etc) are rogue networks which are not part of the University.  They may be there as an attempt to steal your password or other confidential information.  Note that the University’s networks, both the VPN and WPA, use secure encryption to prevent others from viewing your traffic.


Install WPA_SUPPLICANT from the repository if it is not already installed on the system:

  • $ sudo yum install wpa_supplicant (for Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora)
  • $ sudo apt-get install wpa_supplicant (for Debian version. eg. Ubuntu)


1. The NetworkManager applet should appear on the right-hand side of the notification panel (task bar). Right-click on the icon and verify that Enable Network and Enable Wireless are checked.

2. Left-click on the icon and select the uOttawa-WPA wireless network.

  • Network Name: uOttawa-WPA
  • Security: WPA & WPA2 Entreprise
  • Authentication: Protected EAP (PEAP)
  • CA Certificate: NONE
  • PEAP Version: Version 0
  • Inner Authentication: Version 0
  • Username: uoAccess or google/web email user ID (jdoe123@...)
  • Password: uoAccess password (Gmail for students and Microsoft Exchange email password for employees)
  • 802.1X: select Automatic for the first time
  • No Certificate Authority certificate chosen: click "IGNORE"

3. You are now connected to the network.

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