connecting to harvard wireless without having to install sketchy things

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Harvard is very insistent about me downloading random software in order to connect to their wireless network, even though I have Harvard credentials (and eduroam credentials).

I have no idea why they do this. Why do I need to download software to connect to a wifi network? Anyhow, the solution is to just ignore it and figure out the settings on my own.

I just use eduroam. Here is what the internet told me:

  • Security : WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
  • Authentication : Tunnelled TLS
  • Anonymous Identity : (I left this blank,but I think they have configured the network that way so it won’t ask for this kind of Identity)
  • CA certificate : (I left this blank as well,but again this has to do with the configuration of the wireless network,so it might be different in other educational institutes)
  • Inner Authentication : PAP
  • Username : (the one given from your school)
  • Password : (the one given from your school)



Identity & password = my harvard credentials.


Right now I am using Windows 10, and I have discovered that the wireless situation is not really better and maybe somewhat worse than on Ubuntu. *sigh*

Anyhow, I had expired MIT credentials. I finally figured out how to change my password: Go to settings -> Wifi -> Manage known networks (this option is kind of hard to see) -> eduroam -> Forget.


(Jeebus knows why “properties” doesn’t tell me / let me do anything useful)

Then, the next time I click on “eduroam” and “Connect”, it will prompt me for a username and password. Enter in my harvard credentials and voila.