wireless hints: AP, username, password - does not work
wblock at wonkity.com
Thu Aug 4 14:59:05 UTC 2016
On Thu, 4 Aug 2016, Ben Woods wrote:
> On 4 August 2016 at 07:47, Warren Block <wblock at wonkity.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Aug 2016, Ben Woods wrote:
> On FreeBSD, it is as you said. Assuming you have atheros, put the following
> in your /etc/rc.conf (replacing your_ssid_here with the wifi SSID):
> ifconfig_wlan0="ssid *your_ssid_here* DHCP"
> # service netif restart
> Once you are connected and have an IP address, open your browser and
> navigate to any webpage which DOESNT USE HTTPS. I commonly use
> www.distrowatch.com, but any others you know which don't use https will
> work. This is the part that tricks many people, as the captive portal will
> redirect all web traffic to the portal until authenticated, but https
> traffic will detect the server is not who they are supposed to be and fail.
> Once authenticated, you should get a connection. Note that if can be easier
> to connect with a mobile phone to confirm how it should work, and what the
> SSID is etc, and then replicate on your FreeBSD laptop.
> This can be done in /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf with just:
> Then it is not necessary to change /etc/rc.conf.
> TIL - thanks! Is it in the handbook!? :)
It's shown in passing in the WEP section:
WEP is sadly, still in use in the wild, so we can't repurpose that
section and stop mentioning it.
The whole wireless section badly needs a rewrite and reorganization. It
occurs to me that we need a "WiFi for Travel" section after the quick
start. That would have sections on how to deal with identifying which
obsolete, insecure protocol is being used and configuring the system to
I will add that to my ever-growing list of doc things that need to be
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