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Getting eduroam to work with wpa_supplicant

Having spent some not inconsiderable time trying to get my Linux based laptop to connect to the eduroam wireless network at Lancaster University I thought the nice thing to do would be to share my toils with the world. There were various other blogs and the such I drew inspiration from, but no one provided a total solution.

Now if you are using a desktop manager like Gnome or KDE the built in network-manager should do most of the magic for you, however if you want a minimal setup without relying on gui tools this may be useful to you. I use a Debian derivative on my laptop as it has better hardware support for the wireless (intel 5100). I'll assume you have the necessary packages installed as that is outside the scope of this discussion (otherwise the Debian Wiki may be a good place to start).

First off you'll need a wpa_supplicant configuration file, "/etc/wpa_supplicant/eduroam.conf" would seem to be the logical choice and mine looks just like this:

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