In HE and FE, you often need to offer temporary connectivity to visitors associated with education or research – such as guest speakers, conference delegates, summer school students, and visitors from schools and colleges.
If you have eduroam, then eduroam Visitor Access is a cost-effective way to offer a smooth connectivity experience for associates who don’t have accounts of their own.
How can eduroam Visitor Access help you?
It allows you to offer temporary credentials to the eduroam network already deployed on your campus. It can help you to:
Save money and time
Helps you reduce the burden on IT while remaining an affordable, cost-effective option.
Reduce burden on the IT team - the service is designed to be ‘zero touch’ for IT managers, with non-IT staff able to add and remove eduroam Visitor Access accounts via a self-service web portal
Accounts are time-limited, and automatically deactivate when the time limit is reached – reducing security concerns while saving the effort of removing accounts manually
More affordable than a dedicated network - the service can save you money and time compared to deploying a dedicated wireless network for each event on your campus. You simply pay an annual charge
Offer a smooth experience to visitors
The flexible, self-service web portal allows you to create user credentials singly or in bulk
A personalised process - tailor how you issue credentials to delegates for a specific event. If you have an existing relationship with your campus visitors – such as pre-booked delegates to a conference – you could deliver credentials in advance via text or email
No splash pages - instead of making visitors connect via a splash page repeatedly, you can give them seamless access to eduroam for as long as their credentials are valid
At Jisc, we help you provide internet access to campus visitors in other ways:
eduroam Offer federated, roaming internet access to staff and students from other eduroam-enabled organisations – as your users get roaming internet access at their sites
Govroam With govroam, you can simplify connectivity for members of the wider public sector visiting your campus – including NHS, social care and blue-light workers. The service also helps support collaboration with the public sector
Public wifi via the Janet Network Our dynamic purchasing system (DPS) helps you find a supplier of public wifi, while remaining compliant with GDPR and access policies
How we support visitors to your campus
eduroam Visitor Access lies ‘in between’ federated roaming and general public access, helping you provide access to people without their own eduroam accounts but who are associated in some way with your organisation’s education goals.