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eduroam at Northwestern

Northwestern participates in eduroam (education roaming), a secure federated wireless network for the international research and education community. The service allows Northwestern students, staff, and faculty to use their NetID credentials to access wireless network services while visiting eduroam-participating institutions located throughout the world. With hundreds of thousands of wireless access points sharing a common SSID, eduroam acts as one large, world-wide, wireless hotspot.

Before leaving campus to travel in the U.S. or abroad for education, conferences, and collaborative work, University students, faculty, and staff should set up eduroam on their laptops and other wireless devices to ensure that wireless access at any other eduroam-affiliated institution will be automatic and will not require extra configuration.

On campus, it is preferable to connect to the Northwestern wireless network however, the reality is a device will choose a known network to connect to; sometimes that may be Northwestern, sometimes it may be eduroam. As a member of the Northwestern community, either eduroam or the Northwestern wireless network can be used.

Visit the eduroam website for detailed information including maps with location points for member institutions worldwide.

eduroam for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Before leaving campus, choose  “eduroam” from the list of wireless networks on your device, use your Northwestern NetID credentials to log in following the format below:

Username: Your NetID@northwestern.edu (e.g. abc123@northwestern.edu. This is not the same as your University email address.)
Password: NetID Password

If, while traveling, you require access to Northwestern-specific resources, you must connect via the Northwestern University VPN in order to receive on-campus-equivalent Northwestern network access.

While visiting other institutions, contact the IT Support Center for technical support when troubleshooting network access with eduroam. Host institutions are not obligated to support visitors accessing eduroam.

eduroam for Visitors to Northwestern

While connected to the eduroam wireless network at Northwestern, there may be some Northwestern-specific resources that are not available to visitors through eduroam. Visitors requiring access to Northwestern-specific resources that eduroam does not provide should request a short term NetID provided by the department or individual at Northwestern sponsoring the campus visit and use the “Northwestern” wireless network.

Visitors to Northwestern should rely on their home institution's technical support for eduroam-related connectivity problems. They will coordinate with the IT Support Center, if necessary, to determine a resolution.

Last Updated: 5 May 2017

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