Wifi Eduroam: What It Is And How To Connect?

Wifi Eduroam (Education Roaming) is a service to facilitate the internet connection in a secure way, mainly in view of student mobility. Through this initiative, both students, researchers or faculty can enjoy connectivity on their own campus, as well as on the rest of adhered campuses.

Wifi Eduroam: What it is and how to connect?
Wifi Eduroam: What it is and how to connect?

In the case of Spain, eduroam ES is part of the RedIRIS project , a Spanish academic and research network, responsible for providing communication services to the scientific and university community, funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. The connection to eduroam requires knowing some information and precisely about this we are going to talk to you today.

Wifi Eduroam: What it is and how to connect?

As we anticipated, eduroam is an initiative that aims to facilitate secure connections, regardless of the adhered institution in which we are. Specifically, eduroam works in Spain, but also in the United States , Canada and Asia and the Pacific .

eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing) allows users of participating academic institutions to have secure Internet access at any eduroam-enabled institution. The architecture that allows this is based on a number of technologies that together provide the user experience of eduroam: “Open your laptop and stay online.”

The basic principle that underpins the security of eduroam is that the authentication of a user is carried out at their home entity using their specific authentication method. The authorization necessary to allow access to the resources of the local network are carried out by the visited network.

As they explain in the service definition document , and as you could prove server in your student time, the authorization to connect to eduroam is given by the network to which we are connecting , being necessary specific configurations and credentials, according to the institution.

For example, to connect to eduroam from Windows at the UGR (University of Granada), it is necessary to download an installer, and enter our email and credentials given by the university itself .

In the case of the University of Seville, we have to configure by hand the SSID, authentication method, user identity and others, in addition to entering the password associated with our university user.

Each organization provides its own email accounts and passwords, necessary to connect from the home institution

Luckily, from eduroam they provide a list with the institutions and centers participating in Eduroam Spain , so it is enough to look in this list for the center from which we want to connect, and follow the steps indicated to connect .

The important point here is that, once we have authenticated in our home organization, we can connect to the rest of the institutions.

In short, if we have access to eduroam, we have access to the Internet in several Spanish institutions such as universities, libraries, research centers and others, so if we are part of these communities, it is convenient to know the credentials necessary to connect.

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