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In order to install gentoo, I need to connect to a university wireless internet network. It requires a username and password login/authentication.

I'm wondering if anyone has any advice in terms of how to configure the internet connection.

The Gentoo installation documentation recommends the use of net-setup, pppoe, pptp, dhcp and iwconfig. I can't figure out how to configure this connection, as the only way I understand is to select the network from a list and enter in authentication data from within a browser.

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To answer your question we need to know more about what the browser login you mentioned does. Is there any product name mentioned for the access solution? When you login through a browser, does the connection work outside this browser as well (a ping/wget/... from command line or access from another browser without logging in from there again)? – zpea Apr 15 '12 at 9:23
I am asking because I have seen setups where you are normally supposed to connect to an open (as in no WEP/WPA) wireless network and then establish a VPN connection. The open network did not route to anything but some selected websites (VPN configuration help etc.) and the VPN servers. For quick access without VPN they provided also a browser based solution that did only worked for browsing. This would probably not help much in this context. – zpea Apr 15 '12 at 9:30
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Boot from a Linux live CD, like Knoppix - that will give you a usable interface from which to pick a wireless network, and then open a browser to authenticate your IP Address/MAC. Then make a note of the IP address you are given.

Now when you reboot with your Gento Install CD, you can give the static configuration.

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Is your MAC address the same under Gentoo as under Windows? If so, try authenticating in Windows, and then switching to Gentoo. It worked for one of my friends on my university network, when he was installing Arch.

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unfortunately, I have wiped the disk clean of windows (autonuked). – pepperdreamteam Apr 15 '12 at 8:22

If your connection require GUI/Web based login you should probably go for that.

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I can't if I'm booting from an iso – pepperdreamteam Apr 15 '12 at 5:43

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