Connect to WPI Wireless Using a Raspberry Pi

How to connect your Raspberry Pi to the WPI Wireless network.

Instructions - Manual Configuration

  1. Make sure your computer's clock is set to the correct local date and time.
  2. Find your Raspberry Pi's wireless MAC address.
  3. Make sure your Raspberry Pi's wireless MAC address is registered through WPI Network Registration.
  4. Using a Mac or PC that is already on the Internet, download your certificates using the Connecting a Device which is Unsupported by CloudPath to the Wireless Network instructions.
  5. Copy the two certificate files to a convenient location for storing certificates, such as /etc/pki/tls/certs.
  6. Convert the P12 file to PEM and Protect the security of your WPI credentials!
    • Option #1: Make the configuration and your wireless user certificate files only readable by root:
    • chown root:root /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
            chmod 600 /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf /etc/pki/tls/certs/WPI-Wireless*.pem
    • Option #2: Change the passphrase so that it does not use your WPI credentials:
    • openssl pkcs12 -in Certificates.p12 -out temp.pem -passin pass:CURRENTPASSWORD -passout pass:TEMPPASSWORD
            openssl pkcs12 -export -in temp.pem -out Certificates-final.p12 -passin pass:TEMPPASSWORD -passout pass:FINALPASSWORD
            rm -rf temp.pem
  7. Configure /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf as follows, filling in the proper paths and filenames to the downloaded certificate files and entering either your WPI password if you used Option #1 above or your new password if you used Option #2 above.
  8. network={
  9. Start wpa_supplicant with the configuration file and wireless network interface name in debug mode.
  10. wpa_supplicant -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -i ath0 -D madwifi
        The output from wpa_supplicant should look something like this:
        l2_packet_receive - recv: Network is down
        Trying to associate with 00:0b:0e:0f:87:41 (SSID='WPI-Wireless' freq=5180 MHz)
        Associated with 00:0b:0e:0f:87:41
        WPA: Key negotiation completed with 00:0b:0e:0f:87:41
        Start your DHCP client on the wireless network interface, e.g.:
        /sbin/dhclient ath0
  11. Assuming everything looks good from wpa_supplicant, reboot the Raspberry PI. When the device comes back up you should be connected to the WPI-Wireless network.
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