Using Oxford Brookes University WIFI (eduroam) on a Linux machine

I'm keen to promote the use of Linux based operating systems and with the University currently providing no official WIFI documentation for Linux users I decided to write my own unofficial guide*.

Note: I have verified that these instructions work under Linux Mint 18.2 at Wheatley and Headington**. Instructions for other distributions will be similar (particularly if you're running a Ubuntu based distribution) but may not be exactly the same as these instructions.

Step 1

Search for and open "Network Connections" from your programs.

Step 2

Click "Add". Then, when prompted to select a connection type, choose "WIFI". Then click "Create...".


Step 3

Enter a connection name into the text field marked "Connection name:" e.g "Brookes WIFI".

Step 4

Enter "eduroam" into the text field marked "SSID:".

Step 5

Click the tab marked "WI-FI Security".

Step 6

You should see a dropdown marked "Security:". Choose "WPA & WPA2 Enterprise". After making this selection, more options should appear.

Step 7

For the drop down marked "Authentication:", choose "Protected EAP (PEAP)".

Step 8

Leave the text field marked "Anonymous Identity:" blank.

Step 9

Tick the check box marked "No CA certificate is required".

Step 10

For the drop down marked "PEAP version:", choose "Version 0".

Step 11

For the drop down marked "Inner authentication:", choose "MSCHAPv2".

Step 12

Enter your Brookes user name including "" into the text field marked "Username:"

Step 13

Enter your Brookes password into the field marked "Password:".

Your WI-FI security settings should now look like this (obviously with your user name and password instead of mine):
The WI-FI tab should look like this:
You shouldn't have changed any of the settings under the other tabs.

Step 14

Click "Save" and close "Network Connections". Then try to connect to the "eduroam" WIFI network.

Ignore the "connect@brookes" network or any other networks that IT services have set up for Windows, Mac, IOS and Android users and just connect to "eduroam" immediately. Your PC should try to connect using the settings we just saved (providing you correctly set the SSID to "eduroam") which should work.

*If you're reading this and you work for Brookes IT services feel free to use this guide provided you don't lift the contents without crediting me.

**I don't see any reson why these instructions wouldn't work at other Brookes locations. If anyone can verify that they do work at other Brookes locations I'll update this guide and credit you as a source.


  1. If you're still here, many thanks, worked perfectly


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