The JANET Roaming Service (eduroam) enables visitors to the University of Edinburgh to gain access to the Internet using the same username and password as they use at their home institution.
Any visitor to the University who cannot use the eduroam service, and who is visiting the University for educational or research purposes, may be registered to use the Wireless service by any member of staff.
Before you visit the University of Edinburgh, make sure you configure your device to work with the eduroam wireless network at your home institution.
If your device can successfully connect to eduroam at your home institution you should not need to make any changes to use your device at the University of Edinburgh, or any other institution which supports eduroam.
Please note that we cannot assist you in configuring your wireless device and can only answer questions regarding availability of the eduroam service in the University.
It is your responsibility to take steps to ensure that you maintain your own data protection and privacy.
You should discuss this with and receive guidance from your home institution.
Depending on the facilities offered by your home institution, you may want to use a VPN to secure your network traffic; alternatively you may already deploy secure methods such as SSL VPNs or secure web pages for email (or perhaps other secure protocols such as SSH).
The eduroam wireless network uses WPA2 security with AES encryption.
The use of computing and network facilities while you are visiting the University of Edinburgh is covered by the University's Computing Regulations, your home institution's Acceptable Use Policies and Computing Regulations, and by the JANET Acceptable Use Policy.
As a visitor using these facilities you are bound to accept these conditions.
A list of locations covered by the University wireless service is available. You can check this against the address you are visiting using the University campus maps see if there is wireless coverage in that area.
Note also that it may also help to ask the members of the University you are visiting if wireless is available in the areas to be visited - the service coverage is always being updated.
Once you have successfully connected to eduroam via the University wireless service you will have unrestricted access to the internet.
Access to services on the University of Edinburgh network is limited to those specified on the following page:
If you need to access services which are not on this list, but which you can access from your home institution, then you will be able to access them by establishing a VPN connection to your home institution, or using a web proxy at your home institution.
Alternatively you can contact the service administrator to request that this service be made available to eduroam visitors to the University of Edinburgh.
This article was published on Jun 22, 2011