How to Connect to an Enterprise WPA Network on Google Glass

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Google Glass has its fair share of problems, but one of the most commonly complained about things is that people can’t get it to connect to enterprise WPA networks. XE 16 did allow a decent chunk of people to get connected to a WPA network, but some people are still not able to get connected.

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A lot of people have to tether to their phone because they can’t connect to a good amount of networks around them. Businesses, college campuses, and many other places use WPA to protect their networks. The fact that Google Glass can’t easily connect to these networks is very crippling for some people. The good news is that a developer has taken the task into their own hands and has created a way to get Google Glass to connect to these WPA networks.

A Google Glass app was recently updated on GitHub. The application is called ‘GlassWifiConnect’ and it helps you connect to WPA networks by using QR codes. The application is extremely easy to use and only requires you to go through a few steps to get connected to a network.

Here are the steps:

1) Download and install GlassWifiConnect onto your Google Glass device. You can either download the apk, or compile the application yourself. Go here to download the APK. If you don’t know how to install a Google Glass app (Glassware), then go here.

2) After you have installed the application, you are going to need to generate a QR code that includes your network information. You can generate the QR code using any program or site, but it needs to be in the exact format below with correct network information.


WIFI:S:ssid;U:username;P:password;E:PEAP;PH:MS-CHAPv2;;

Above is the string that you need to turn into a QR code. Make sure to substitute the different sections with your WiFi information. Here is an explanation of the different things:

S – ssid

U – username

P – password

E – EAP method

PH – phase2 authentication

A – anonymous identity

It should be noted that if your network doesn’t require one (or more) of the fields in the string, then you can leave it out. Here is the exact quote from the app’s Github:

In addition to the obvious fields, E is for the EAP method and PH is for phase 2 authentication method. If your network doesn’t require one or multiple fields, you should simply leave them out of the string. For example, without phase 2 auth:

WIFI:S:ssid;U:username;P:password;E:PEAP;;

3) After you have installed the App and generated a QR code, you’re ready to get connected. To run the application on Google Glass, you need to say “Ok Glass, add wifi network”. Once you do that, you will need to scan the QR code that you generated. After you scan the QR code, if the information is correct, then you should see a “Connecting to…” message which will be followed by a message saying “Connected!”.

Conclusion

That’s all you need to do to get connected to an Enterprise WPA network on Google Glass. I’m sure everyone wishes there was an easier way to do this, but there’s not. I hope this short guide has helped you get connected to your local campus, business, or other network. If you enjoyed the guide, then feel free to pass it around so other people can also enjoy it!

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June 3, 2014