Ubuntu: Setting up 802.1x WiFi



Question:

I just installed Ubuntu on an 'of the self' Lenovo machine. I can use the web just fine from home, but at the University I cannot connect to the networks. After some research I suspect that 802.1x protocol is not installed or not activated. I have read this but for some reason if have a directory at /etc/wpa_supplicant/ but no file called /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf, and none of the files inside that directory looks similar to the file in the site.

So my questions:

  • How do I check if 802.1x is installed?
  • How do I check if 802.1x is active?
  • Can I run a test from home to make sure that everything is ready? I want to check it so I don't have to be there try it, and if not look for a computer an set up stuff again while I should be studying.

If relevant:

  • I have Ubuntu 13.04, 32 bit.
  • runs on a Lenovo G550
  • xsupplicant is not a recognized command.
  • The files in /etc/wpa_supplicant/ are: action_wpa.sh, functions_wpa.sh, ifupdown.sh.


Solution:1

All the necessary parts are installed by default in Ubuntu desktop versions. You can check:

modinfo cfg80211  modinfo mac80211  

If you get any information at all, the parts are there. They will only be invoked as a dependency of some wireless driver and will then appear as loaded modules:

lsmod  

I suspect that there is a problem with your wireless driver and that may be a separate question.


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