Networks & Wireless
- PC Networking
- Joining Purple Air
- Mapping a Network Drive (Windows/Mac)
- Wireless Network
- Network Device Registration
- Wireless Application Usage
- Wireless FAQ
- Wireless Glossary
- Working From Off-Campus
- First Days Computing Guide
- Mac Networking
- Virtual Private Networking (VPN)
- Wired Ethernet jacks in Dorm Rooms
- VPN for iOS (iPad, iPhone) and Android Devices
- Proxy Server Set-Up on an iPad
- Wireless Devices in the Residence Halls
- Guest Wireless Access
- Networks / Wireless
- Determining MAC Addresses for Network Devices
What is eduroam?
EDUROAM (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. EDUROAM allows people with accounts from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campuses at participating institutions by simply opening their laptop or other wireless device and finding the EDUROAM SSID.
This means anyone with a Williams College e-mail address can connect to free WiFi at any other campus or organization that participates in EDUROAM. Over 100 different institutions offer this in the United States, and over 5000 offer this internationally.
How do I connect when I’m visiting other institutions?
If you are at another campus that offers EDUROAM you will simply need to choose the EDUROAM SSID on their wireless network and authenticate using your unix user ID in e-mail address form (example email@example.com). NOTE – This is different than how you connect at Williams where you only provide your Unix ID alone. Their server does not see your credentials – it passes them directly to Williams.
If you wish to test this out before you travel, connect to the EDUROAM wireless SSID here at Williams and use the login in the format mentioned above. If you successfully connect here you will be able to connect anywhere else that offers this service. Once you have tested EDUROAM you will want to return to PurpleAir since EDUROAM is a guest network so it is more limited in what you can access.
I’m visiting and wish to connect to Williams’ eduroam wireless SSID
If your home institution participates in EDUROAM simply look for the wireless SSID named eduroam and connect using your firstname.lastname@example.org format. When prompted, provide your account password as it is set at your home institution. Our servers never see the password – they relay your login credentials to your home institutions to verify authentication with your home institution and let them connect.