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eduroam wireless setup guide
Supplemental instructions for connecting to the EDUcation ROAMing
(eduroam) secure wireless network
March 2009




Contents
1  Introduction ................................................................................................................................ 2
2  Instructions for eduroam users .................................................................................................. 2
 2.1     Preparation........................................................................................................................ 2
   2.1.1      RMIT students, researchers and staff ....................................................................... 2
   2.1.2      Visiting students, researchers and staff..................................................................... 2
 2.2     Connecting to RMIT secure wireless................................................................................. 2
3 Appendix A ................................................................................................................................ 3
 3.1     What is eduroam about? ................................................................................................... 3
 3.2     How does eduroam work?................................................................................................. 3
 3.3     What technology does eduroam use?............................................................................... 3
 3.4     Is eduroam safe to use?.................................................................................................... 3




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1 Introduction
In addition to the RMIT and RMIT-WPA wireless networks, RMIT provides access to the
EDUcation ROAMing (eduroam) wireless network.

These instructions should be used in combination with the relevant RMIT Secure Wireless-
WPA Guide for the operating system of your computer or device.

For full step-by-step instructions for use in combination with this document, please refer to the
setup guides on the RMIT web site (http://www.rmit.edu.au/its/wireless/setup). The following
guides are available:

            Secure wireless setup guide for Windows XP/Vista
            Secure wireless setup guide for Mac 10.5
            Secure wireless setup guide for iPhone/iPod Touch
            Secure wireless setup guide for Linux

Further introductory information about eduroam can be found in Appendix A.


2 Instructions for eduroam users
2.1 Preparation
Before commencing your wireless configuration, please check and note the following factors:

2.1.1 RMIT students, researchers and staff
            Ensure that your Novell (NDS) account is active and that the password has not expired.
             This is your staff ‘e’ number or your student ‘s’ number.
            Your RMIT ID must be entered in the following format for connection to eduroam:
             o Australian staff:            e12345@rmit.edu.au
             o Vietnamese staff:            v12345@rmit.edu.vn
             o Australian students:         s12345@rmit.edu.au
             o Vietnamese students:         s12345@rmit.edu.vn
            These instructions should be valid at other universities’ eduroam hotspots.

2.1.2 Visiting students, researchers and staff
            Ensure that your home institution network account is active and that the password has not
             expired.
            Generally your username for eduroam will be in the format username@your-unis-domain,
             but this is not always the case. If in doubt, please check with your home institutions IT
             department and they will be able to advise you. Enter your username where the setup
             guides refer to an RMIT ID.

2.2 Connecting to RMIT secure wireless
Instructions for connecting to eduroam vary according to the operating system of your computer or
mobile device. Therefore, follow the relevant guide (listed in section 1) for your operating system
and supplement RMIT-WPA with eduroam wherever it appears.




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3 Appendix A
The following information has been sourced from the eduroam web site at www.eduroam.org .


3.1 What is eduroam about?
Eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing) allows users (researchers, teachers, students, staff) from
participating institutions to securely access the internet from any eduroam-enabled institution.

The eduroam principle is based on the fact that the user's authentication is done by the user's
home institution, whereas the authorisation decision allowing access to the network resources is
done by the visited network.

To learn more about eduroam, please refer to the about section at www.eduroam.org .


3.2 How does eduroam work?
When a user tries to log on to the wireless network of a visited eduroam enabled institution, the
user's authentication request is sent to the user's home institution. This is done via a hierarchical
system of RADIUS servers. The user's home institution verifies the user's credentials and sends to
the visited institution (via the RADIUS servers) the result of such a verification.


3.3 What technology does eduroam use?
In eduroam the communication between the access point and the user's home institution is based
on IEEE 802.1X standard; 802.1X encompasses the use of EAP, the Extensible Authentication
Protocol, which allows for different authentication methods.

Depending on the type of EAP-method used, either a secure tunnel will be established from the
user’s computer to their home institution through which the actual authentication information
(username/password etc.) will be carried (EAP-TTLS or PEAP) or mutual authentication by public
X.509 certificates, which is not vulnerable to eavesdropping, will be used (EAP-TLS).


3.4 Is eduroam safe to use?
eduroam is based on the most secure encryption and authentication standards in existence today.
Its security by far exceeds typical commercial hotspots.

Be aware though that when using the general internet at an eduroam hotspot, the local site
security measures at that hotspot will apply to you as well. For example the firewall settings at the
visited place may be different from those you are used to at home, and as a guest you may have
access to fewer services on the internet than what you have at home.




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