In Fall 2014, the University deployed the wireless service known as “eduroam” for faculty, staff and students. eduroam provides universal network access across educational institutions that subscribe to the service. The U.S. has 172 participating institutions and numerous international institutions are a part of the eduroam network; and these numbers continue to increase.

When institutions subscribe to the service, they agree to broadcast the eduroam wireless SSID to allow for visitors access. Their own traveling members also gain reciprocal rights to other eduroam-enabled campuses across the world.

Those wishing to use the eduroam SSID should configure for access prior to travel. The process for configuring a wireless device is much the same as signing in to use Carolina’s standard campus wireless network. Users may configure their systems for use of eduroam through a few steps that prepare your devices for access at participating eduroam sites.

The eduroam network protects users’ information and privacy. When users connect to eduroam at another institution, their credentials are examined. Because the credentials indicate they are from Carolina, the credentials are forwarded to a UNC-Chapel Hill authentication server, where they are verified. Carolina then tells the requesting school to accept or deny access. By using certificates for network access, UNC-Chapel Hill has no need to send passwords over the internet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When did UNC-Chapel Hill deploy the eduroam SSID?
    We deployed the SSID on campus wireless access points in Fall 2014.
  2. Can I use eduroam at participating universities in the U.S. and overseas?
    Yes! See below for configuration instructions.
  3. How do I configure my device for eduroam?
    See this dedicated help page.
  4. How will I know if the university or college I am visiting has eduroam?
    U.S. Member Institutions
    International Map
  5. How does this work?
    When you connect at another institution to the eduroam SSID, your credentials are examined. When it is determined that you are not a local user, it takes those credentials and sends them through a network of trusted authentication servers where those credentials ultimately are forwarded to a UNC-Chapel Hill authentication server. We examine the credentials, verify them, and send the requesting school an ‘accept’ or ‘deny’. Once the school has an accept, you are granted network access per the conditions for eduroam users on that campus. Since we use certificates for network access, no passwords are sent over the internet.