What is eduroam?
eduroam (education roaming) is the secure worldwide federated network access service developed for the international research and education community.
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.
How do I connect to eduroam?
Select “eduroam” from your wireless settings. Enter your username in the following format firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to add the domain of @pnw.edu to your login ID.
Then enter your current password. Remember to change your password in your wireless settings under “eduroam” if you update your password. The settings for Apple devices can be left at their default settings but for Android, a few configurations need to be made:
- EAP method = PEAP
- Phase2 Authentication = MSCHAPv2
- CA certificate = Do not validate
For Traveling Purdue Faculty and Staff
If you are traveling to another institution you should first look to see if that institution is a member of eduroam. Lists of institutions can be found on their website. You will notice that Purdue University Northwest is listed under “Active”.
When you get to the remote institution that is participating, their wireless network should be broadcasting a wireless network name (or SSID) called eduroam. Click to join eduroam and you will be asked for a username and password. Your username is your Purdue Career Account (PCA) login name concatenated with @pnw.edu such as email@example.com. Your password will be your PCA password.
Visitors to Purdue that want to connect to the Purdue’s eduroam would follow the same steps as in the Traveling Purdue Faculty and Staff section except visitors will use their institution’s username and password to login.
What does eduroam cost?
eduroam is free for its users, there is no charge for eduroam use world-wide. The providers of eduroam hotspots make the service available to benefit all members of the research and education community.
Is eduroam safe to use?
eduroam is based on the most secure encryption and authentication standards in existence today. Its security by far exceeds typical commercial hotspots. Be aware though that when using the general Internet at an eduroam hotspot, the local site security measures at that hotspot will apply to you as well. For example, the firewall settings at the visited place may be different from those you are used to at home, and as a guest you may have access to fewer services on the Internet than you have at home.
Does eduroam work on different platforms?
eduroam uses open standards to enable cross platform uniform access. This means that eduroam works on Windows, Linux, MAC OS, and even Windows CE.