Saturday, March 16, 2013

UniWireless and ArchLinux

No, this is not a memory-management related post. With that said, I decided to actually spend some time and try to get my Linux box running on the the University of Melbourne's wireless network, as they do not have much help regarding low-level settings, at least I didn't seem to find too much help on the aforementioned site. The links at the end of this post are what got me rocking. Personally, I run ArchLinux with netctl (as a replacement for netcfg). The syntax that both of the aforementioned network configuration utilities use is similar. Simply, here is my config, I have a feeling this is going to be similar for many other institutions. Please note that I have not spent any time to tweak or remove any redundant options below.
And that's it. Of course, you will need to use your proper uni username and password (the same one you use when logging into the library's online database). Please make sure the permissions on this file are proper so that any-old user cannot read your password.

The uni's website mentions that students can use either a manual or automatic proxy. I choose the manual, which will also request your username/password again. With that said chromium supports both th automatic (pac) proxy configuration and the old-school manual configuration (as follows):
... Now fire them torrents up (oh, yeah, I'm pretty sure you are being watched).
Special thanks to these very insightful/helpful posts.



  1. Pretty sure the block all p2p so i'm not so sure about torrenting (which is shit because there is plenty of legal applications for torrents), but good post!

    1. I do know that the e-mule and Gnutella networks are accessible, but I have not tried them from the UniWireless network. I have not downloaded anything from the aforementioned; however, I know I could search their respected networks... so yes, communication on the Gnutella and e-mule networks is possible.