Wireless Access on openSuSe 11.4

NOTE: The CLAS Linux Group has provided these instructions as a courtesy to campus Linux users. See UI Wireless - eduroam Support or contact the ITS Help Desk for additional information. These instructions are specific to openSuSE 11.4. If you are using a different version of Linux, these instructions may not work.

This document was modified on Apr 4, 2011. Any changes to the campus wireless network since then may not be reflected in these instructions. Try comparing the instructions for later versions of this OS for any configuration changes.


  • You've met the requirements listed on the initial wireless page.
  • These instructions were written after doing a mostly default install of 64-bit openSUSE 12.2 from DVD and applying all available patches.
  • Your wireless card is working. You can use nm-tool from a terminal to test.
  • Gnome is the default desktop. I could not get the KDE Network Manager to connect and was only successful when using Gnome.

Connecting to eduroam

  1. Find the Network Management applet in the lower right of the screen. It looks like a pair of monitors with an X (assuming no other connection), click on it and select UI-Wireless-WPA2. If it's not listed, scroll to the end of the page for further information).

    Screenshot of the Wireless Access Instructions for openSuSE 11.4

  2. This will bring up the default window for configuring the connection:

    Screenshot of the Wireless Access Instructions for openSuSE 11.4

  3. Set (or verify):
    "Authentication" to "Protected EAP (PEAP)"
    "CA Certificate" to "/usr/share/ca-certificates/mozilla/AddTrust_External_Root.pem" file
    "PEAP Version" to "Automatic"
    "Inner Authentication" to "MSCHAPv2"
    "User Name" to be your HawkID followed by @uiowa.edu, e.g. hawkid@uiowa.edu
    "Password" to your HawkID password

    Screenshot of the Wireless Access Instructions for openSuSE 11.4

  4. Click Connect and you should be connected to the UI Wireless network. If you successfully connect, you'll see a pop-up screen indicating "Connection Established."

    Screenshot of the Wireless Access Instructions for openSuSE 11.4


I keep trying to connect, but I'm never successful. What now?

Try to get somewhere where you have direct line-of-sight to a wireless access point, you should then be able to see the eduroam network in the pull down and successfully connect.

List of things to try:

  1. If you still can't connect after moving within sight of an access point, try again later during off-peak usage (i.e. not the middle of the day)
  2. Try a different device/operating system to see how good the signal is from that location. If none of your devices can get connected, your linux computer won't be able to either. If the signal is weak, try moving to where the signal is stronger and try again.