Connecting Chromebook to UNI Network (802.1x)
A Chromebook is a bit difficult to connect to UNI’s campus network. Let’s step through what we have found to be a workaround for this:
1) ***NOTE*** - If you are starting with a fresh out of the box Chromebook on the UNI Campus but you must initially log into your Chromebook as a “Guest” rather than with your UNI CatID@uni.edu. This is essential as the first thing the Chromebook will automatically do is update its operating system.
2) Click on the wireless icon
3) On all networks uncheck automatically connect except for WiFi-UNI
4) Select WiFi-UNI with the proper settings and credentials and SAVE them:
a. SSID: WiFi-UNI
b. EAP Method: PEAP
c. Phase 2 authentication: MSCHAPv2
d. Server CA certificate: Default
e. User certificate: None installed
f. Identity: <Your CatID Username>
g. Password: <Your CatID Passphrase>
h. Anonymous identify: intentionally leave blank
i. Check Save your identity and password
5) Connect Repeatedly until it finally connects
6) Once the Chromebook successfully connects to WiFi-UNI then if you had initially logged in as “Guest” you will want to log out and then log in using your UNI credentials
When / If the Chromebook does not connect:
7) Check the box to make WiFi-UNI an automatically connect network (do NOT make WiFi-UNI-Setup or UNI-Guest automatic connections)
8) Click Connect to WiFi-UNI
9) Let it attempt to connect repeatedly until it finally connects, during this time you likely will receive DHCP Lookup Failure errors that you should ignore. Those errors are actually a good sign however as it demonstrates it is trying to connect.
Let the Chromebook keep attempting to connect to WiFi-UNI and eventually it will assuming the credentials and configuration are correct. Sometimes it will connect immediately and more often it will connect in 10-20 minutes so keep trying.
The "trick" seems to be to keep the Chromebook from connecting to other networks and eventually it will connect to WiFi-UNI. It may take several (over many minutes) iterations but it will connect. After it finally gets connected subsequent connections seem to be more readily done and because WiFi-UNI is the only UNI automatically connect network and your credentials are stored it is manageable. If you need assistance come to the ITC Computer Consulting Center in the ITTC building room 36 (just north of the Library).