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    Connection to school network

    Hi, my laptop is running BackTrack 4 R2.
    I'd like to connect to my school network which has a WPA authentication and requires a unique (different for each student) username and password.
    Backtrack comes with Wicd installed by default. I have tried numerous things including changing the connection templates but to no avail.
    I took out the cert option in the template and tried to connect but it didn't work. Here is the output:
    Code:
    wicd --no-daemon
    Starting automatic reconnect process
    Starting automatic reconnect process
    Starting automatic reconnect process
    Starting automatic reconnect process
    Throttling autoreconnect
    Throttling autoreconnect
    Throttling autoreconnect
    Throttling autoreconnect
    Throttling autoreconnect
    Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.1
    Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
    All rights reserved.
    For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/
    
    Listening on LPF/eth1/00:04:23:6c:d0:cd
    Sending on   LPF/eth1/00:04:23:6c:d0:cd
    Sending on   Socket/fallback
    DHCPRELEASE on eth1 to 192.168.168.1 port 67
    send_packet: Network is unreachable
    send_packet: please consult README file regarding broadcast address.
    Nothing to flush.
    Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.1
    Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
    All rights reserved.
    For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/
    
    Listening on LPF/eth0/00:11:43:f2:4e:78
    Sending on   LPF/eth0/00:11:43:f2:4e:78
    Sending on   Socket/fallback
    DHCPRELEASE on eth0 to 192.168.1.254 port 67
    send_packet: Network is unreachable
    send_packet: please consult README file regarding broadcast address.
    Nothing to flush.
    Throttling autoreconnect
    Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.1
    Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
    All rights reserved.
    For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/
    
    Listening on LPF/eth1/00:04:23:6c:d0:cd
    Sending on   LPF/eth1/00:04:23:6c:d0:cd
    Sending on   Socket/fallback
    DHCPRELEASE on eth1 to 192.168.168.1 port 67
    send_packet: Network is unreachable
    send_packet: please consult README file regarding broadcast address.
    Failed to connect to wpa_supplicant - wpa_ctrl_open: No such file or directory
    Nothing to flush.
    ioctl[ATMEL_WPA_IOCTL_PARAM]: Bad address
    ioctl[ATMEL_WPA_IOCTL_PARAM]: Bad address
    Error for wireless request "Set Frequency" (8B04) :
        SET failed on device eth1 ; Operation not supported.
    Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.1
    Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
    All rights reserved.
    For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/
    
    Listening on LPF/eth1/00:04:23:6c:d0:cd
    Sending on   LPF/eth1/00:04:23:6c:d0:cd
    Sending on   Socket/fallback
    DHCPRELEASE on eth1 to 192.168.168.1 port 67
    send_packet: Network is unreachable
    send_packet: please consult README file regarding broadcast address.
    Failed to connect to wpa_supplicant - wpa_ctrl_open: No such file or directory
    Throttling autoreconnect
    Throttling autoreconnect
    Throttling autoreconnect
    Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.1
    Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
    All rights reserved.
    For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/
    
    Listening on LPF/eth1/00:04:23:6c:d0:cd
    Sending on   LPF/eth1/00:04:23:6c:d0:cd
    Sending on   Socket/fallback
    DHCPRELEASE on eth1 to 192.168.168.1 port 67
    send_packet: Network is unreachable
    send_packet: please consult README file regarding broadcast address.
    Nothing to flush.
    Failed to connect to wpa_supplicant - wpa_ctrl_open: No such file or directory
    Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.1
    Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
    All rights reserved.
    For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/
    
    Listening on LPF/eth0/00:11:43:f2:4e:78
    Sending on   LPF/eth0/00:11:43:f2:4e:78
    Sending on   Socket/fallback
    DHCPRELEASE on eth0 to 192.168.1.254 port 67
    send_packet: Network is unreachable
    send_packet: please consult README file regarding broadcast address.
    Nothing to flush.
    Throttling autoreconnect
    Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.1
    Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
    All rights reserved.
    For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/
    
    Listening on LPF/eth1/00:04:23:6c:d0:cd
    Sending on   LPF/eth1/00:04:23:6c:d0:cd
    Sending on   Socket/fallback
    DHCPRELEASE on eth1 to 192.168.168.1 port 67
    send_packet: Network is unreachable
    send_packet: please consult README file regarding broadcast address.
    Failed to connect to wpa_supplicant - wpa_ctrl_open: No such file or directory
    Nothing to flush.
    ioctl[ATMEL_WPA_IOCTL_PARAM]: Bad address
    ioctl[ATMEL_WPA_IOCTL_PARAM]: Bad address
    Error for wireless request "Set Frequency" (8B04) :
        SET failed on device eth1 ; Operation not supported.
    ^CTraceback (most recent call last):
      File "/usr/share/wicd/daemon/monitor.py", line 389, in <module>
        main()
      File "/usr/share/wicd/daemon/monitor.py", line 385, in main
        mainloop.run()
    KeyboardInterrupt
    What I'm ultimately looking for is a network manager that will detect the authentication type automatically (I really have no idea what my school uses) and that will hopefully be in BT4's repos. Other that or to make Wicd work.
    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Connection to school network

    So what I really want is to know what program is able to detect the type of protection automatically (PEAP/EAP/etc) and to be able to use it.

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    Re: Connection to school network

    You say "I'd like to connect to my school network which has a WPA authentication and requires a unique (different for each student) username and password."

    Have you asked your school admin / tech support people for their help? They should be able to sort you out a p/w etc surely?

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    Re: Connection to school network

    I already have my own username and password.
    However, all the instructions for connecting are for windows/mac/iphone.
    They are pretty much:
    1. Click on the network
    2. Put in your username and password

    Also, I have no idea who to ask.
    All I'm looking for is (hopefully) a gui that automatically detects the type of authentication and connects using supplied user/pass.

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    Re: Connection to school network

    What is Backtrack? Do not worry I just googled it. On their web site there are tutorials, I found this:

    Under Re: How to start networking in Backtrack

    for connections and GUI tools you could start "wicd Network Manager"
    # /etc/init.d/wicd start
    then use wicd-client to configure your wireless interface(s) look under the [Internet] menu
    I hope this helps. It seems that you are using a Linux OS that does not put a lot of effort into easy user experience. This is why I use Ubuntu.

    Regards.

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    Re: Connection to school network

    LOOOL. Backtrack is based on Ubuntu; it's just customized to include specific packages, features and tools. I know how to start networking. My problem is that WICD does not connect.
    It tells me it was unable to authenticate.

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    Re: Connection to school network

    Quote Originally Posted by tudor117 View Post
    I already have my own username and password.
    However, all the instructions for connecting are for windows/mac/iphone.
    They are pretty much:
    1. Click on the network
    2. Put in your username and password

    Also, I have no idea who to ask.
    All I'm looking for is (hopefully) a gui that automatically detects the type of authentication and connects using supplied user/pass.
    Well if it was me I'd ask whoever it was that gives out user names and passwords.
    There must be IT support for users/pupils 'cos even Windows/Mac users may need help sometimes. Is there not a school directory? Are there teachers? Why not ask one of them who you need to speak to.

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    Re: Connection to school network

    In the cafeteria there are instructions posted on the wall. For windows xp, vista and 7. Also for mac and ipod.
    The passwords are given out by the teachers, (who have all the students' passwords from a database).
    I think there might be mac filtering which would explain it.
    I'd have to go to the office and fill out a form. I haven't thought about that yet...

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    Re: Connection to school network

    Probably the best way to go, you can't be the first Ubuntu user there and getting their help early on avoids any misunderstandings later.

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    Re: Connection to school network

    Tudor117 Dose wicd work ok on other networks /"connect" i,e at home or is it just there?
    DUAL BOOT XP & Natty, Trying LFS

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