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Re: Can't Connect to Secure Wireless Network

On 5/21/19, Cindy Sue Causey <butterflybytes@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 5/21/19, Kent West <westk@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I'm on a university campus; we have a secure network ("ACUsecure") to
>> which I'm trying to connect. Mac laptops and Windows laptops have no
>> problem. You connect to the network, and a pop-up appears asking for the
>> user's "campus" username/password, and connection is made.
>> On my Debian sid laptop, using Gnome or Cinnamon as my DE (and not
>> knowing how to connect via console-only), I can click on the Network
>> Settings and get to the list of networks, and see "ACUsecure". I can try
>> to connect, and I get prompted for a username/password. But the
>> connection never succeeds.
>> I've involved our network guru on campus; he's not very familiar with
>> Debian, but he spent an hour looking over things. From his side of the
>> network, it looks like I'm getting validated, but from the laptop, I've
>> found logs that say authentication failure. He's tried his credentials
>> also, in various forms. He believes we've got the settings right on
>> Debian:
>> WPA&WPA2 Enterprise
>> Protected EAP (PEAP)
>> Anonymous identity blank
>> CA cert None
>> No CA cert required
>> Inner auth MSCHAPv2
>> username
>> password
>> When I try to follow the journalctl entries from first trying to switch
>> to ACUsecure until I cancel the pop-up asking again for creds, I get
>> this:
>> http://goshen.acu.edu/westk/ACU-INTERNAL-USE/wireless.txt (IPs replaced
>> by "aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd"; yeah, just feel-good security on my part, I know,
>> but it helps a little)
>> Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
> I'm not quite grasping what package you're using to attempt this so my
> apologies in advance if you're using...
> Wicd? Have you tried that yet? I just peeked at mine. There IS a spot
> there for adding a username and password. I'd never used it so I had
> to double-check.

Well, I'm THRILLED I don't toss in bad words in drafts. That first
Send was NOT done. I don't know how that got sent. Every once in a
while, things go hinky on my end with the cursor having a mind of its
own. Glass half full, I'm very thankful I wasn't contemplating buying
something expensive and hadn't yet made up my mind... :)

Ok, what I had INTENDED to add was that if you had waited about 3 or 4
more days, I MIGHT have had some firsthand experience with it. I'm
just waiting for a couple of $5 USB dongles to get here.

What I've got right now has not worked properly with Wicd, but I don't
think it's Wicd's fault. I think my old ASUS laptop here doesn't play
well with the security we need to have these days. Am hoping maybe
those dongles fix that. (They ARE "dongles", right?) :)

When typing via command line on occasion, I use wicd-gtk to access it
in case that doesn't install by default if you go playing with it..

If you're using NetworkManager or something like that, it MIGHT get
uninstalled. That's business as usual... It's expected behavior. Just
have ALL the dotDebs (i.e. also the dependencies) hanging around
nearby in case you test drive Wicd and don't like it such that you
need to reinstall whatever it might uninstall. :)

If you're already using Wicd, my apologies for the noise.. TIMES TWO. :)

Cindy :)
Cindy-Sue Causey
Talking Rock, Pickens County, Georgia, USA

* runs with birdseed *