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Connect to UVM Wireless

The following guides will help you connect to UVM’s wireless network. The guide includes steps for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android. If you have connected on your device previously, you may first need to forget the network.

Computers 

Windows

  1. Click on the WiFi icon from your icon tray (normally, in the bottom right corner of your screen). Select UVM from the list of available networks, then ensure the Connect Automatically option is checked, and click Connect.
  2. Enter your UVM NetID and password, then click OK.
  3. Click Connect again when the following prompt is displayed:
  4. You should now see the filled wireless icon, indicating a successful connection to the wireless network.

macOS

  1. Click on the WiFi icon in the top right corner and select the UVM network.
  2. If you haven’t connected to UVM WiFi on this device in the past, you’ll be asked to verify UVM’s WiFi certificate.
    • If prompted to verify the UVM WiFi certificate, click “Continue
    • Enter in the password you use to log into your computer — not your UVM NetID password.
  3. Enter your UVM NetID and password, then click “Join“. (If you’ve forgotten your NetID password you can reset it here: https://uvm.edu/account)
  4. You should now see the filled wireless icon, indicating a successful connection to the wireless network.

Chromebook

  1. Click the Wifi icon in the lower right corner of your screen.
  2. Select the Wi-Fi networks icon.
  3. From the list of available networks, select the UVM network.
  4. Enter the following settings to connect:
    SSID: UVM
    Security: EAP
    EAP Method: PEAP
    Phase 2 authentication:  MSCHAPv2
    Server CA certificate: Default
    Identity: your_uvm_netid
    Password: your_uvm_netid_password
    Anonymous identity: <leave blank>
    Allow other users of this device to use this network: toggle ON
  5. When the settings have been entered, click the Connect button.

Linux

Due to the wide range of Linux distributions available, the steps outlined in this guide may not apply to your specific Linux installation. This guide was created using Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

  1. Click the drop-down carrot in the top right corner. Under the Wi-Fi area, click on “Select Network”
  2. Choose the UVM network, then click Connect
  3. The following settings are required to connect to the UVM wireless network:
    Wi-Fi security: WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
    Authentication: PEAP
    Anonymous identity: <leave blank>
    Domain: <leave blank>
    CA certificate: None
    CA certificate password: <leave blank>
    No CA cert required: Checked
    PEAP version: Automatic
    Inner Authentication: MSCHAPv2
    Username: your_uvm_netid
    Password: your_uvm_netid_password
  4. When the settings have been entered, click the Connect button.

Raspberry Pi

Limited Support

While the UVM Tech Team recognizes the popularity of the Raspberry Pi by providing this guide, we do not offer extended support for wpa_supplicant configurations.
This guide was last tested July 2021 on a Raspberry Pi 3 running Raspberry Pi OS kernel 5.10 (May 2021)

This guide assumes you have some knowledge of Linux operating systems. You should also change the default password of your pi account!

  1. From a different device, download this certificate, you’ll need it later. We suggest putting the cert on a USB flash drive to easily move it to your Pi.
  2. On your pi, create a directory for the cert to live:
     sudo mkdir /etc/certs
  3. Copy the cert to the /etc/certs directory:
     sudo cp -v /path/to/USERTrust_RSA_CS_2038.cer /etc/certs/
  4. Use nano to edit the /etc/dhcpcd.conf file:
    sudo nano /etc/dhcpcd.conf
  5. Add the following lines to the bottom of the /etc/dhcpcd.conf file:
    interface wlan0 
    env ifwireless=1
    env wpa_supplicant_driver=wext,nl80211
  6. Launch the Raspberry Pi configuration menu:
    • From the Raspberry Pi’s terminal, type: sudo raspi-config
    • This should launch a menu, select Localization Options….
    • Select Change Time Zone and select US/Eastern
    • Select Change Wi-Fi Country and set to US United States
    • Select Finish
  7. Manually set the date and time with the command below. (Replace values with the current date and time).
    sudo date -s "Mon Sep 16 10:54 2019"
  8. Create a HASH of your UVM NetID password by entering the following in the command line:
    echo -n "your_uvm_netid_password" | iconv -t utf16le | openssl md4
    • Copy the resulting string after (stdin)=, you’ll use that in the Step 9.
  9. Use nano to configure the wpa_supplicant.conf file:
    sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
    • Below is what your wpa_supplicant.conf file should look like.

      You’ll need to replace ‘netid‘ and ‘YOUR_PASSWORD_HASH‘ with your UVM netid and the password hash you created in Step 8.

      country=US
      ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
      update_config=1
      network={
             ssid="UVM"
             scan_ssid=0
             key_mgmt=WPA-EAP
             eap=PEAP
             identity="netid"
             password=hash:YOUR_PASSWORD_HASH
             ca_cert="/etc/certs/USERTrust_RSA_CA_2038.cer"
             phase2="auth=MSCHAPV2"
      }
    • Press Ctrl + X to save the file.
  10. Reboot your pi
    sudo reboot

Still not working?

Please check for typos. Even a minor error will prevent you from connecting properly.

Phones and Tablets 

iOS - iPhone and iPad

The following steps should work with any iOS device (iPhone, iPad) running iOS 10 or higher.

  1. Open the Settings app.
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  2. Tap the Wi-Fi settings icon.
    2
  3. Tap the UVM wireless network.
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  4. Enter your UVM NetID and password, then tap Join in the top right corner. (If you’ve forgotten your NetID password you can reset it here: https://uvm.edu/account)
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  5. Trust the radius.uvm.edu certificate. Note that the correct certificate is signed by InCommon RSA Server CA

That’s it! You’ve successfully connected your iOS device to the UVM wireless network.

Android 7 and higher

This guide assumes your Android device is running Android 7.0 or higher. These settings have been tested on Android Nougat 7.0, and Android Oreo 8.1. If your phone  is running an older version of Android, do not use this guide.

  1. Open the Wifi settings and select the UVM network.

  2. Configure the connection settings as follows:
    EAP Method: PEAP
    Phase 2 authentication:  MSCHAPV2
    CA Certificates: Use system certificates
    Domain: radius.uvm.edu
    Identity: your_uvm_NetID
    Anonymous Identity: <leave blank>
    Password: your_NetID_password

    If your device does not allow you to select “Use system certificates” as shown above, please see the Android – manual certificate installation guide below.

  3. When the settings have been entered, tap on CONNECT.

That’s it, you’ve successfully joined the UVM Wireless network on your Android phone!

Some Android phones have slightly different interfaces for entering wireless settings so the exact appearance and process may vary. These settings will work for most Android systems, though.

Android 6 and lower

This guide assumes your Android device is running Android 6.0 or lower. These settings have been tested on Android Marshmallow 6.0. If your phone  is running a newer version of Android, do not use this guide.

  1. From the Home screen, open the Application Menu.Android_AppMenu
  2. From the Menu, open Settings.Android_Settings
  3. In Settings, tap on Wi-Fi.Android_WiFi
  4. You should now see a list of available Wi-Fi networks. Be sure to select the UVM network here.Andoird_AvailableWiFi
  5. Once you have selected UVM, a window will pop up with the settings for this network. Use these settings:
    EAP Method: PEAP
    Phase 2 authentication: MSCHAPv2
    CA certificate: None
    Identiy: your_uvm_netid
    Anonymous identity: <leave blank>
    Password: your_uvm_netid_password
  6. Press CONNECT.Android_ConnectWiFi

You should now be connected to the UVM wireless network!

These settings will work for most Android systems

Even if your Android phone has a slightly different interface and process than the one displayed above, these settings should still work for most Android devices.

Android - manual certificate installation

Some Android device manufacturers do not provide pre-installed system certificates for remote system validation.

If your Android device does not give you the option to “Use system certificates” when specifying settings for connecting to UVM wireless, you can manually install the required certificate instead.

Data Plan or alternate WiFi connection required

To download the fairly small certificate file (less than 1.6KB), you must have a valid connection to the internet.

This one-time process should not have a significant impact on your data plan. 

  1. Navigate to https://go.uvm.edu/wificert in your chose browser.
  2. Many phones will install the certificate automatically when the download completes. If your device does not do this, you can tap the downloaded AddTrustExternalCARoot.cer file to install it.
    1. If prompted, enter your phones passcode.
  3. Some phones require that you name the certificate and specify its use:
    Certificate name: UVM wifi
    Credential use: Wi-Fi
  4. After installing/naming the certificate, open your devices Wi-Fi settings and select the UVM network.
  5. Configure the connection settings as follows:
    EAP Method: PEAP
    Phase 2 authentication:  MSCHAPV2
    CA Certificates: UVM wifi
    Domain: radius.uvm.edu
    Identity: your_uvm_NetID
    Anonymous Identity: <leave blank>
    Password: your_NetID_password

Other

Game and Media Consoles

Game consoles, media streaming, and smart speaker devices are designed for consumer wireless networks and are not compatible with WPA2-Enterprise wireless networks – a common WIFI network standard used by UVM and most other universities.

You may still be able to use your device by registering and connecting it via Ethernet. Please see our Internet-of-things tips to see if your device supports Ethernet directly or through a USB to Ethernet adapters.

To register your game console or media streaming device to the WIRED UVM network:

  1. Fill out the Play Online Form: https://go.uvm.edu/playonline.
  2. Shut down your console or media streaming device.
  3. Turn your device back on. You should now have internet access.
    1. If you still do not have internet access, wait 5 minutes, then reboot your device again.

Wireless Printers

Connect directly using a printer cable

Most printers come with the required USB-A to USB-B cable. Check the instructions provided with your printer. If needed, you can purchase a printer cable from the UVM Tech Store.

Wireless printers are not able to connect to the UVM Wireless Network – they aren’t designed for use with WPA2-Enterprise networks, a common WIFI network standard used by UVM and most other universities.

Additionally, it is not recommended to register a printer on our NetReg database for use with an Ethernet connection. Doing so represents a security risk; anyone connected to UVM’s network via Ethernet will be able to see your printer and print to it. This can lead to unwanted print jobs, excessive ink and paper use, and other issues.

Instead, you should use a printer cable to connect your printer to your computer. This direct connection will be required every time you want to print, but gives you the most control over your printer, and will work reliably. These cables can be picked up at the UVM Tech Store, though many printers will include them.

General Settings

  • Wireless (WLAN) SSID: UVM
  • Wireless Protocol: WPA2 Enterprise
  • Authentication Method: 802.1x with PEAP/MS-CHAPv2
    • PEAP as outer protocol
    • MS-CHAPv2 as inner protocol
  • SSL Certificate:
    • Issued To/Common Name: radius.uvm.edu
    • Issued By/Issuer: InCommon RSA Server CA
    • Verify that the certificate presented has one of the following fingerprints:
      • SHA-1: 79 6F D5 85 71 4D FB C2 EB BE A6 86 C9 8A 96 95 34 67 75 91
      • SHA-256: 70 1B 88 70 38 8E 46 DB 24 66 76 F6 A0 13 56 CE 83 C3 98 BB 66 D3 4F C0 83 E2 0C A5 8A E5 96 80
    • Username: [Your UVM NetID]
    • Password: [Your NetID Password]

Updated on July 27, 2021

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