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Connect to eduroam with Ubuntu Linux

Note: These instructions were created using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Depending on the version of Ubuntu you are using, your steps may vary. 

Connecting to eduroam using XpressConnect

Use the instructions below to connect to UMass Amherst's encrypted wireless network, eduroam, using our setup and configuration software, XpressConnect, with the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

  • You can run XpressConnect anywhere. UMass Amherst IT recommends running XpressConnect before arriving on campus.
  • You may be prompted for your IT Account NetID and Password and your computer's Administrator Account user name and password. Please read the prompts carefully to ensure that you are entering the correct information. 
  1. Make sure  your wireless card is turned on. Note: If you are running XpressConnect from your home network, proceed directly to Step 5
  2. In the Ubuntu Linux Main Menu (lower left), go to System Preferences and select Network Connections. The Network Connections window will open.
  3. Click the Wireless tab on the Network Connections window, then click Add. The Editing Wireless Connection window will open.
  4. In the SSID field, enter UMASS. Click Save. A UMass Connection Established pop-up window will appear on your desktop (leave this window open).
  5. Open Firefox and go to The Web Login page will open. 
  6. On the Web Login page, enter your IT Account NetID and password. The Connect to eduroam with XpressConnect screen will open. Click Run XpressConnect.
  7. Review the End-User License Agreement, then select the box next to I accept the terms of the End-User License Agreement and click Start (bottom of screen). A pop-up window will open and the XpressConnect wizard will run. Follow the instructions on the screen.
    Note: A Warning-Security pop-up window may appear. Select Always trust content from this publisher and click Run.
  8. In the XpressConnect window, on the Welcome screen, enter your IT Account NetID, followed by and password, then click Continue.
  9. You may be prompted for the Ubuntu Linux unlock password (displayed on the Ubuntu Linux desktop). Enter it and click OK.
    Note: If you do not see the Ubuntu Linux unlock password displayed on the Ubuntu Linux desktop, contact the IT Help Center for assistance, or, if applicable, the IT professional in your department. 
  10. Click Done to complete the installation. eduroam should replace UMASS in your networks list in the open UMass Connection Established pop-up window. Click Close to close the Network Connections window. 
  11. When you arrive on campus, check whether the network has been properly installed and configured by opening a Web browser to test your connectivity. 

Manually Configuring eduroam on Ubuntu Linux

Use the instructions below if you are unable to connect to eduroam using XpressConnect, or are unable to download or use the XpressConnect software. UMass Amherst IT recommends using XpressConnect whenever possible, as manual configuration can result in connection issues. 

  1. Make sure that your are on campus with your wireless card turned on.
  2. On the upper-right side of the taskbar, click the Wi-Fi symbol. A drop down menu will appear. Click eduroam. The Wireless Network Authentication Required window will open.
  3. In the Wireless Network Authentication Required window next to Wireless security, select WPA & WPA2 Enterprise.
  4. Next to Authentication, select Tunneled TLS.
  5. Leave Anonymous identity blank, and next to CA Certificate, select (None).
  6. Set inner authentication to PAP
  7. In the Username field, enter your IT Account NetID, followed by In the Password field, enter your IT Account Password.
  8. Click Connect. You should now be connected to eduroam. To check whether the network has been properly configured, open a Web browser to test your connectivity.