What is eduroam?
Eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.
Eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.
Click here to view a graphical summary of the Brock University wireless access points and coverage.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is eduroam?
“eduroam” is a collaborative network that allows students, staff and faculty to access wireless service at cooperating universities without the need for obtaining a guest account. It allows a user visiting another institution to login using the same credentials they would at home.
What are the restrictions of eduroam?
The network restrictions placed on "eduroam" is at the discretion of the institution providing the service. At the very minimum, "eduroam" provides basic network connectivity for web browsing (HTTP), secure shell (SSH) and VPN only. There is no guarantee that "eduroam" will provide the same access to resources as the home or visited institution’s standard wireless networks.
Is it safe to use eduroam?
At the very least, "eduroam" wireless networks implement WPA/TKIP encryption with 802.1x authentication. Some institutions may offer additional methods such as WPA2/AES or mixed‐mode
operation (WPA and WPA2). This ensures that the wireless portion of you connection is secure; however, you should still continue to use protocols that provide end-to-end encryption such as HTTPS and SSH.
What are the technical requirements for eduroam?
Connecting to an "eduroam" network requires a WPA compatible wireless adapter and an 802.1x supplicant. The EAP type (TTLS, TLS, PEAP, etc) required by a visiting user will be the same as the user's home institution.
How do I get support for eduroam?
Users wishing to connect to "eduroam" must acquire support from their home institution only. Institutions hosting eduroam connectivity are not required to provide support to visiting guest users.
Where can I find out more information about eduroam?
For information on the global "eduroam" initiative, you can visit the eduroam.org website.