Understanding Eduroam

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Created: 05/05/2016 Last Updated: 03/01/2024

Eduroam is a secure WiFi roaming service for the global academic community. It allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and while visiting other participating institutions by prompting them to enter their school's credentials for authentication. This facilitates Internet access for travelers by allowing them to gain network access with minimal configuration and no need for the visiting institution to grant them the access explicitly. Therefore, Eduroam benefits visiting faculty, academics traveling for conferences and collaborative work, study abroad students, visitors attending NCAA activities, and even regional academic exchange.

How Does it Work?

User credentials are not revealed to the institution at which an eduroamer joins, but instead are only revealed to their home institution, providing an extra measure of comfort for visiting users. Thus, the eduroam network also provides a simple and automatic guest provisioning system. A participating institution may rely on a visitor's home institution to authenticate them for the duration of their stay.

Where is Eduroam Available at Stony Brook University?

Currently in all campus locations (including Southampton and Manhattan), except for Stony Brook Hospital.

How Do I Connect?

A legitimate .edu email address is required to use the service. Stony Brook University members authenticate by typing in their User ID in the form of netid@stonybrook.edu and by using their NetID password.

Users from visiting institutions must use their school's User ID and password that has been assigned to them (e.g. jsmith@nyu.edu or js123@nyu.edu).

Simple Connection

Today's common operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX, many smartphone OSs, and most current Linux distributions all ship with 802.1X supplicants, making joining Eduroam simple for users, and simple to support for educational institutions.

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