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Why you should use eduroam for your wireless connection

Reed Sprague -

Across the Stanford campus there are three WIFI SSID signals users can attach to:

  • Stanford = open access for holders of SUNetIDs
  • Stanford Guest = wireless access for guests
  • eduroam = 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.

There are two main reasons why the eduroam wireless connection should be your default connection while at Stanford.

  1. eduroam uses 802.1x authentication, which means every user gets their own unique security key.  It is the most secure network of the three available.
  2. Once set, if you travel to any eduroam member institution, you'll be able to use their WIFI without making any adjustments.  It will work automatically. 

For these two reasons SoE IT recommends using eduroam as the default WIFI connection for your laptop, smartphone, and tablet.  Please see the instructions below on how to set up your eduroam connection. 


eduroam wireless access

This secure, worldwide service allows students, researchers, and staff from other institutions that also use eduroam to connect to the network by supplying the login credentials of their home organization. In its initial phase, the "eduroam" SSID won't be available in the SoM, residences, and the Gates Building.
The Eduroam logo
The second phase of the eduroam implementation is scheduled for FY2013. After its implementation, Stanford clients can use their SUNet ID credentials to log on to the wireless network at other eduroam-enabled institutions. This second phase will require a certificate logon. However, it will simplify the setup to use the wireless network.

How to get online

To use the eduroam service in its initial implementation on campus:

  1. Select the SSID eduroam from your device's list of available wireless networks.
  2. Enter your user name at the prompt, in the format <SUNetID>@win.stanford.edu and your SUNet password.
  3. Accept the eduroam certificate and authenticate your device, if prompted.

After you configure a device for eduroam on campus, the SSID should allow you to connect wherever it's supported. Note: in the second phase of eduroam in 2013, the way you log in to this wireless environment will change.

For more information on the eduroam service, please refer to the eduroam website.


For more information, check out ITS' webpage: https://itservices.stanford.edu/service/wirelessnet/access


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    Brian Tempero

    Worked for me !