Get free, secure WiFi, around the globe, with eduroam
March 22, 2022
Phil Johnson
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A hand holding an iPhone displaying the WiFi setting screen which shows it connected to the eduroam network.
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With a name spliced together from “education” and “roaming,” eduroam provides the international research and education community with access to free, secure, high-speed WiFi at thousands of locations worldwide. This number includes more than 900 colleges, universities, and research facilities in the United States (MIT being one of them), as well as host institutions in over 100 countries and territories. The network now extends beyond college campuses to include everything from Czech train stations to coffeeshops in Japan.

Whenever you’re near an access point, your mobile device or computer will display “eduroam” in your list of WiFi networks. You can join to the network using your full MIT email address and Kerberos password. The Knowledge Base has instructions for how to connect to eduroam using your MIT credentials. Once your account has been authorized, traffic between your device and the eduroam network will be encrypted and secure.

More information

In addition to the information in the KB, the eduroam website has a FAQ as well as a map of eduroam hotspots. You can also download the eduroam companion app for Android or iOS; it documents eduroam venues worldwide, so you can find the nearest hotspot or plan network access for upcoming trips.

If you have questions about getting authenticated or using eduroam, contact the IS&T Service Desk.