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TU/e MetaForum WiFi enabler/disabler
# TU/e MetaForum WiFi enabler/disabler
# By Chris Mavrakis
# Usage:
# sudo mfwifi [enable|disable|setup]
# setup should be run only once, the first time. It asks for TU/e credentials,
# does not send them back to me, and creates the appropriate files in /etc/network
# enable stops network-manager, kills the dhcp client tha may be running, and enables
# the custom TU/e network configuration
# disable does the opposite of enable. Bring everything back to normal so you can connect
# to "normal" networks outside TU/e
# If no option is given, user will be queried
# I know it could be cleaner, and some of the killalls may be unnecessary,
# and that more checks should be done but that's all the time I want to
# spend right now. If you want to improve it let me know, we can setup a
# repo and you can commit changes.
export PATH=$PATH:/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/bin
# Log file to use:
# Stage 1 - Parse input, or ask for some if none was given
if [[ $1 == "enable" ]]; then
elif [[ $1 == "disable" ]]; then
elif [[ $1 == "setup" ]]; then
echo -e "\nTU/e MetaForum WiFi enabler/disabler\n"
echo "No option provided. What do you want to do?"
echo "1. Enable MF wifi (for when you are at TU/e)"
echo "2. Disable MF wifi (for when you go home)"
echo "3. Setup (for the first time)"
echo -e "4. Exit\n"
while true; do
read -p "Selection? " response
case $response in
[1]* ) sel=1; break;;
[2]* ) sel=2; break;;
[3]* ) sel=3; break;;
[4]* ) exit;;
* ) echo "Please just give a number.";;
# Part 2 - Decide what to do, depending on input that we should now have
if [[ $sel == 1 ]]; then
# User selected the enable option
echo "Will now Enable MF wifi. Please wait..."
echo "*** "`date`": Starting MF wifi enabling function" &>> $log
service network-manager stop &>> $log
killall dhclient &>> $log
cp /etc/network/interfaces.manual /etc/network/interfaces
ifdown wlan0 &>> $log
ifup wlan0 &>> $log
echo "Done! Will now check for internet connection..."
echo "*** Enabling done" &>> $log
pkt=`ping -c5 |grep "packet loss" | awk '{print $4}'`
if [[ $pkt == 5 ]]; then
echo "Excellent internet connection! 5/5"
elif [[ $pkt > 2 ]]; then
echo "Internet connection OK, $pkt/5"
elif [[ $pkt > 0 ]]; then
echo "Bad internet connection, $pkt/5"
echo "No internet connection"
elif [[ $sel == 2 ]]; then
# User selected the disable option
echo "Will now Disable MF wifi."
echo "*** "`date`": Starting MF wifi disabling function" &>> $log
ifdown wlan0 &>> $log
killall dhclient &>> $log
cp /etc/network/interfaces.default /etc/network/interfaces
service network-manager start &>> $log
echo "Done!"
echo "*** Disabling done" &>> $log
elif [[ $sel == 3 ]]; then
# User selected the setup option
while true; do
read -p "Are you sure you want to do initial setup? [y/n] " yn
case $yn in
[Yy]* )
cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.default # backup original file
cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.manual # make a copy for us to work with, too
read -p "Your TU/e username? " usr
read -s -p "Your TU/e password? (I won't tell anyone!) " psw
# add the magic ingredients to the interfaces file
echo "# interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wireless-mode Managed
wpa-ssid tue-wpa2
wpa-ap-scan 1
wpa-proto RSN WPA
wpa-pairwise CCMP AES
wpa-group CCMP AES
wpa-key-mgmt WPA-EAP
wpa-eap PEAP
wpa-identity $usr
wpa-password $psw
wpa-phase1 fast_provisioning=1" > /etc/network/interfaces.manual
echo -e "\nInstallation completed! Re-run script to enable MF wifi."
[Nn]* )
echo "Aborted setup. Exiting..."
* ) echo "Please answer yes or no.";;
echo "Why the hell are we here? Generic error, system malfunction, blue screen..."
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