eduroam provides users with authenticated network logon and access to the Internet through a single wifi profile and set of credentials, wherever the service has been made available by participating organisations. Connection can be seamless and automatic. Wired connections can also be supported.
By eduroam-enabling the network, organisations can provide guest network access services to visitors without the need for guest account management, saving time and cost for both the organisation and the visitor.
Participating organisations, using their existing infrastructures, connect to national NREN-operated RADIUS systems and overlay eduroam network services, which adhere to comprehensive technical standards.
AARNet (the Australian research and education network) have created a 'what is eduroam?' animation which helps explain the benefits to users of the service.
In applying, applicants place themselves under no time commitment to implement an operational service, although it is suggested that this should be achieved within 6 months of application.
Technical support is provided by eduroam technical specialists and is available, at no extra charge, to any organisation participating in eduroam or considering joining. If you have any queries contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
eduroam users can now more easily locate eduroam-enabled sites thanks to an app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
The app is free, and the iOS version is available on the App Store, while the Android version is available from a number of sources, including the Google Play store.
More about the app
The 'eduroam companion’ app helps users to locate their nearest eduroam point by visualising the central database of eduroam-enabled facilities on a map and provides information that the user will need in order to connect to the service.
Since the app taps into the central eduroam.org database, details of services throughout a number of participating countries are available. There are some countries that do not provide data to the eduroam.org database, so coverage is not total. Equally, not all organisations provide similarly comprehensive data sets of where they provide service.
In order to address this issue, a feature has been built in which enables users to contribute to the accuracy of service coverage information - the app allows users to tag locations where they find eduroam. Once the minimum threshold of tags have been received for a hotspot, a new location marker is created.
Service level description
A federated service to provide authenticated wireless/wired network connectivity for users roaming to participating member sites. The configuration used at the user’s home organisation (authentication method, username and password/certificate) enables access to be granted wherever the eduroam SSID is seen. This allows network access for visitors to be provided without the need to set up and administer visitor network accounts whilst also supporting users at their home sites.
Hours of service
The national authentication forwarding service (National RADIUS Proxy Service) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week all year.
The target availability for the national RADIUS proxy is 99.5% during the hours of service defined above, measured monthly over a 12 month period, excluding service-affecting maintenance.
Service-affecting maintenance is capped at 0.5% and is normally carried out with at least two weeks' notice.
Faults with the service may be reported via the service desk on 0300 300 2212 or via email: email@example.com.
The National RADIUS proxy servers are hosted on separate platforms located at a number of Janet Network colocation sites.
Organisations must ensure they understand and adhere to the security policy.
You are responsible, prior to using the service, for:
Providing and registering an organisational RADIUS proxy server(s) and implementing the technical requirements defined in the eduroam(UK) technical specification
You are responsible on an ongoing basis for:
Remaining compliant with the eduroam(UK) technical specification and keeping service information and contact details on the support server up-to-date
Complying with the eduroam(UK) Policy and rules of membership