Re: using NetworkManager to connect with 802.1X over a wired connection

On Sun, 2007-04-22 at 15:27 +0000, johannbg wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'm quite desperate for help, I've posted threads on lots of forums with
> > requests for help, but so far nobody has been able to help me. Please
> > read the following:
> >
> > In short, I've got no luck with wpa_supplicant if I want to connect to
> > my university's network on Ubuntu 7.04, and nobody has been able to help
> > me (on Windows it works fine). I'm getting sick and tired of
> > wpa_supplicant's user-unfriendliness, and now that 0.6.5 is released I
> > want to try to connect with NetworkManager, since I assume that 0.6.5
> > has added support for 802.1X with EAP-TTLS/PAP according to comments -
> > - on Bugzilla. I
> > know that NM uses wpa_supplicant as it's backend, but possibly the way
> > NM will handle it will work for me.
> >
> > I haven't got NM 0.6.5 installed yet, because I don't want to compile
> > from source. As soon as it's in the Gutsy Gibbon (Ubuntu's codename for
> > the next release) repositories I will install it, but I think I still
> > have a problem.
> >
> > Currently, if you use 0.6.4 and you are connected through a wired
> > connection, and you click the NM applet, it lists two options: "Wired
> > Network" and "Manual configuration". Assuming this has not changed in NM
> > 0.6.5, there is no way for me to configure NM to connect to a network
> > with 802.1X and EAP-TTLS/PAP over a wired connection, is there?
> >
> > Is there any way to solve this? Or, at least, can anyone tell me why
> > wpa_supplicant can't connect to the network, what I am doing wrong? I'd
> > really appreciate any help, because having to use Windows XP because I
> > can't access the network under Ubuntu sucks.
> >
> > Greetings and thanks in advance for any help,
> > Alexander van Loon
> >
> > P.S.: why is there no NEWS file -
> >
> > - for the 0.6.5 release?
> >
> > _______________________________________________
> > NetworkManager-list mailing list
> > NetworkManager-list gnome org
> >
> >
> Here�s a script that hooks you up with 802.1x
> I came across. hope that NetworkManager which will be in FC7
> will have 802.1x support and pptpd vpn support :)
> just change the script according to your needs
> Hope it will help..
> Best Regards
>            Johann B.

Thank you for your help Johann. However, the script doesn't work for me.
I copied and pasted the script to a text file which I then saved with
an .sh extension, then executed with "sh <filename>" in a terminal,
which I assume is correct. However, I got some syntax errors and the
script didn't work for me. Besides that, if I look at the content of the
script, it doesn't seem to take in to account that I'm on a wired
connection, not a wireless connection. So this probably won't work for

But I still haven't received a reply to my most important question,
(why) is it (not) possible to configure NM to connect with 802.1X and
EAP-TTLS/PAP over a wired connection? I thought the NM developers were
actively reading this list. I guess I'll post a bugreport in Bugzilla to
get their attention.

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