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EduRoam

Overview

UVM is now a participating member of the EduRoam federation. EduRoam is a global distributed network access system developed to create a ubiquitous wireless network at all participating providers. This allows any UVM affiliate to travel to a participating EduRoam institution and have access to that institution's wireless network using their UVM credentials, while also protecting those credentials and ensuring their safety. Similarly it allows any affiliate of an EduRoam participator to use their credentials at UVM to securelyaccess wireless networking resources.

Sounds fancy, but what does that mean for me?

EduRoam is a network of participating research/education institutions that agree to let their affiliated users utilize each other's institutional networking resources. So if you travel to a participating institution, you can login to their wireless network with your UVM account credentials and gain access to that institution's wireless network. There is no hassle with a guest account or other such temporary user accounts.

What other institutions participate in EduRoam?

To see a list of institutions in the United States, see https://www.eduroam.us/eduroam_us_institutions

To see a list of institutions worldwide, see https://www.eduroam.org/index.php?p=where

How do I use EduRoam?

All EduRoam participating institutions offer the wireless network name eduroam (aka SSID). As a result one can connect to this network and use the same username/password at any institution that participates in EduRoam.

If you have a valid account with an EduRoam member you would connect to the eduroam network and enter your fully-qualified username and password. For UVM affiliates this is netid@uvm.edu, so if Myron Kapoodle's NetID is kapoodle they would use the username kapoodle@uvm.edu and their NetID password to login to the eduroam network. If you are not a UVM affiliate or are unsure if your home institution participates in EduRoam, please contact your institution's IT department for clarification.

What do I need to do before I plan to use EduRoam at another institutuion?

UVM affiliates planning to travel to an EduRoam participator should setup their system to connect to the eduroam wireless network at UVM prior to their departure. This is to ensure basic connection functionality before the user leaves campus. Once your laptop has been configured to connect to the eduroam network it should connect automatically if available once you reach your destination.

If I'm visiting should I use EduRoam or Guestnet?

If your are part of an EduRoam participating institution, you would be best served by using UVM's eduroam network as opposed to our GuestNet service. This is due to the additional administrative steps needed to properly register users on the GuestNet network.

How does EduRoam work?

The participating institutions configure their wirless networks to be able to proxy user authentication requests back to top-level EduRoam systems that know how to proxy back to the various participating institutions. The end result is that a user's authentication requests are carried back untouched to their home instutution's authentication systems.

This short video may help further explain the concept behind EduRoam...

Last modified October 28 2013 10:40 AM

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