My school has a wireless guest network, but it is insanely slow and doesn't work in half the school. There's also a personal drive for everyone that I would like to access. They have a "Protected" wireless network for school computers to use.

Every student gets a username and password to log on from any school computer. Is there a way I can use the same login credentials, but on my personal laptop? I am running Arch Linux, with the WICD network manager.

  • Ask the IT Administrator how to do this. We have no way of answering this question since its specific to the school's network. – Ramhound Jan 29 '13 at 20:43
  • So many good answers :O – Wolfizen Jan 29 '13 at 21:16
  • Please do not try to bypass "security provisions" at your school, that is a sure way of landing in deep dodo. – vonbrand Jan 30 '13 at 17:55

To answer the connecting to the wireless network part, it depends how the school's security is set up. If they're using a RADIUS server, you should be able to use your login credentials to access the network (if you try connecting to their wifi SSID, it should ask for a username and password). If they're trying to limit access to school-owned computers only, with a WPA2-personal password, you'll have to ask an administrator for the network key. (There are ways to break WPA2 but SU doesn't cover those.)

  • Let's say I do get the WPA2 password, would it still ask for a username and password? Because to use a school computer, it asks for a network login (not network password). Would that be te RADIUS server? – Wolfizen Jan 29 '13 at 21:19
  • When does your school computer ask for a username and password? On login or on network connect? – Marcus Chan Jan 29 '13 at 21:26
  • When the computer starts up, it asks for the username and password as a login – Wolfizen Jan 29 '13 at 23:56
  • See Kruug's answer, then. If you can get onto the school wireless network, you should be able to use your credentials to access your network drive (if your school allows that kind of thing). – Marcus Chan Jan 30 '13 at 1:03
  • Yep. I got on the non-guest network and found my drive. Wish i could pick 2 answers as correct – Wolfizen Jan 31 '13 at 5:21

If you can get your laptop onto their non-guest network, you should be able to connect to your drive by using the \\server\share address. It will ask for credentials, which you then supply your school user/pass.

If you cannot get onto their non-guest network, your next attempt should be at getting VPN access to that network.

If that doesn't work, I believe that you cannot access your drive.


Chances are good it was designed to prevent you using your personal device on it. Beyond that, unless the IT team for the University approves it, I would HIGHLY recommend not attempting to do so. Adding your personal device to the network means that they dont have control over what happens on THEIR network. Keep in mind that they are responsible for the safety and security of the network, and allowing an unmanaged machine inside a restricted zone opens them up to a world of potential hurt.

If the wifi is that bad, complain to the IT team, complain until it gets fixed. Their network engineer might not have any idea because no one tells him.

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