Connecting to the eduroam wireless network using Linux (Ubuntu)

  1. Click on the wireless option at the top right of your screen and select the eduroam network.

    Selecting the eduroam network.
  2. A window will appear with numerous options and a username/password field. Match those options to the ones shown below and place your UWaterloo user ID (followed by “”) in the username field, with your UWaterloo password in the password field.

    Wi-Fi network authentication required.
  3. Then, click on the folder icon next to the CA certificate field. In the file picker dialog, choose file system on the left, and then navigate to: /etc/ssl/certs and choose "GlobalSign_Root_CA.pem". 

    Certificate for eduroam
  4. After choosing the appropriate CA certificate, your screen should look like the following picture. You can now click the “Connect” button.

    Click the “Connect” button.
  5. Upon clicking “Connect” your computer will require a few moments to connect to the Internet. After the process succeeds, you will see a confirmation message in the top right of your screen which states that you are connected to eduroam.

    Confirmation message.

The instructions above have been certified to work with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 13.04. If you were unable to connect via the above instructions, please try connecting with one of the other 2 Global Sign Root CA certificates shown in Step three. For other versions of Ubuntu, the process may differ slightly.

For non-Ubuntu distributions, the process is similar. Check to see if your distribution uses the NetworkManager applet. If so, you may be able to use the steps above. However, if your distribution does not include the NetworkManager applet, or if your distribution uses wicd, you may need to install and configure wpa_suppliant manually.

If you would like to download your own copy of the certificate, you can find the certificate text on the Global Sign website. You may do so by using wired Internet access, or by using the uw-unsecured network.