How to set up a wireless connection - Ubuntu / Linux

Note: This document does not apply to those running Linux in a virtual environment (Virtualbox, VMWare, Parallels, etc). Systems running a virtual environment already have internet access through the Host OS.


  • Computer with Ubuntu 14.10 or newer installed (for this guide. Other Linux versions may vary, however settings are similar)
  • Linux-supported wireless card*
  • Acadia University network credentials
Not all wireless cards are fully supported in Linux. Many popular cards, such as the Intel Wireless cards used in most Dell PCs, as well as many others, are fully supported. The Broadcom wireless device used in the Apple MacBooks are partially supported, meaning that they will work with unsecured networks, or some networks with basic WEP encryption, but not with fully secured networks. This means, unfortunately, that those with unsupported wireless cards may not be able to access the secured university wireless network in Linux, despite being able to in Mac OS or Windows. 

To begin, when in a wireless area, such as the Vaughan Memorial Library, the Student Union Building, or many building common areas, click the network status icon in the upper right of the screen. The option should be presented to connect to the Acadia wireless, as shown.

After activating the Acadia wireless connection, you will be prompted to enter your authentication information. Fill in the information as shown in the example, replacing your username and password for the sample. To finish, click "Connect".

As we do not use certificate information to authenticate the connection in this process, Ubuntu may give you a warning in regards to this. To clear this warning, simply check "Don't warn me again" and click "Ignore".

After a negotiation period of several seconds, you should receive an IP address and now be connected to the Acadia wireless network. Should the information dialog pop back up right away, please ensure that all settings are correct, especially PEAP Version along with User Name and Password.

On some Linux distributions (Linux Mint 18, for example) you may not be able to connect from the regular menu. You will need to go to the "Connect to a Hidden Network" or similar option and configure the connection manually.
Additionally, some distributions do not allow you to click the "Connect" button unless you check the "No CA certificate is required" box.
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