Former Information Privacy Officer Geoff Nathan got firsthand experience with Wayne State’s new eduroam service this summer. Check out what he had to say.
— Michael Barnes
Wayne State University has joined the international consortium known as eduroam. Eduroam allows anyone with login credentials at member universities to log in to the network at any other member institution.
What does this mean?
It means that if you can log in to the Wayne State wireless network (the secure one), then you can log in to the wireless network at any other academic institution that is also a eduroam member. This means you have a secure Wi-Fi option at hundreds of universities, research institutes and more.
How well does it work?
Very well! This past summer I visited the University of Hawaii (Manoa campus)1, Tartu University in Tartu, Estonia and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While on the campus of each place I simply chose eduroam as the network I chose to connect to, entered my Wayne State credentials and immediately got access to their network.
The only drawback is that you may get a mysterious error about certificates, but this only means that the university has made a small configuration error, not that there is a real problem.
So next time you are visiting another academic institution around the world, you probably can use their secure Wi-Fi with your WSU AccessID and password.
Find a full list of every eduroam institution around the world (sorted by country) at eduroam.org/where/. There are over 500 eduroam institutions in the United States alone and there are additional institutions in nearly 100 other countries.
1 Yeah, I know. But I’m an alum. I lived there in the ’70s.