What is eduroam?

eduroam (education roaming) is the secure worldwide federated network access service developed for the international research and education community.

Watch this short video to get a feel for eduroam.

What does it do?

For the traveler: eduroam provides per-user, per-session encrypted network access for visitors from participating institutions, without the need to gain guest credentials on arrival to an eduroam enabled location. The connectivity is instantaneous and the infrastructure is authenticated by the user. Study abroad students can join thousands of eduroam hotspots without any hassle or any data roaming charges.

For the institution: eduroam removes the administrative steps required to provision visitors from other educational institutions. Access between networks from R&E institutions is negotiated once during the federation process and for all members of participating institutions. The eduroam network addresses CALEA requirements for visitors from other schools.

What is involved in joining eduroam?

As an institution: First submit a "Join eduroam-US" request (left sidebar). We will then contact you to help with the following two steps:
  1. Peer the institution's RADIUS server(s) with the eduroam-US top-level RADIUS server (assuming that you are doing IEEE 802.1X on your secure Wi-Fi). It doesn't take much time if you already have 802.1X running on campus.
  2. Broadcast the eduroam SSID across campus: This does not have to be immediate. You can first enable a few Access-Points to test the service then plan a campus-wide rollout. This is the step that takes most of the time in deploying eduroam due to subnet routing, IP addressing, etc.
As a user: If you can join eduroam at your home institution then you can join the eduroam wireless network everywhere you see it, in exactly the same way. If you have difficulty joining, many schools have support sites for users; check there for more information on getting online with eduroam.

How can we help?

Connect your institution to the global eduroam federation:
  • Configuration
  • Testing
  • Support
but also:
  • RADIUS expertise
  • 802.1X and EAP guidance
  • Visitor network design

How It Works

eduroam combines the power of 802.1X, SSL, and RADIUS to create a standards based global trust fabric
John, from Louisiana State University (a participating eduroam school) is visiting University of Tennessee Knoxville (another eduroam participating school). To join UTK's network, John fires up his smartphone and the eduroam authentication process takes place. [Click here for more details...]

Join Today!

If your institution would like to join the eduroam Federation in the US simply use our peering request form to start the process right away.