Campus does not really document WiFi connection settings for Linux/Unix at all:
Follow these steps to do so:
- Make sure you have networkmanager managing your wireless connection (this is standard for 98% of desktop environments in Linux).
- Register your MAC address with campus:
- Open your terminal, type the command: ip --color address
- In the output, look for your wireless card, often something like wl***
- Notice it's link/ether address, you will need that below
- Sign in as instructed here https://it.mst.edu/services/device-registration/ and register the MAC address from above.
- Click on the neworkmanager icon (on your title bar in Gnome, KDE, XFCE, etc), and click to connect to either MST or MST-WPA-N network.
- Accept defaults, and on the Wi-Fi Security tab, choose settings as follows:
OpenVPN is actually pretty good, but campus documents the VPN functionality for Windows and Mac, but doesn't really do so sufficiently, simply, or accurately for Linux/Unix.
- Download the OpenVPN config file from the Windows or Mac example here: https://it.mst.edu/services/vpn/
Note: Do NOT follow the instructions for Ubuntu Linux at the above link.
After installation, you may either use 1) GUI networkmanager, or 2) Terminal to connect.
- Right click on the network-manager icon, click "edit connections"
- Click the "+" button (for adding a new connection)
- Under "choose a connection type", choose "import saved VPN configuration" (which you downloaded in step 0). Pick that file.
- Type in campus username (with or without @umsystem) and password in their relevant fields, click ok.
- Just click on the VPN in the network-manager menu, check the box, and you're done!
- Check your IP address to be sure you're connected: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=what+is+my+ip+address
Note: if you get certificate errors, use a more up-to-date distribution and/or version of OpenVPN.
Note: to stay connected to the VPN, run this in the background, and/or leave the terminal open.
#!/bin/bash sudo openvpn --config openvpn-mst-edu.ovpn