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Wireless Access for KU Faculty, Staff and Students When Traveling

The University of Kansas and KU Information Technology have partnered with eduroam, a secure, worldwide roaming Internet access service developed for the international research and education communities. Now, faculty, staff and students visiting other participating institutions around the world can use their KU username and password to gain wireless Internet access. Conversely, visitors from eduroam partner institutions can connect to KU’s wireless network using their home institution credentials.

Accessing eduroam when you are traveling is nearly identical to accessing secure JAYHAWK wireless here on campus, but you'll need to add "@home.ku.edu" after your online ID. You can find more details and specific instructions for configuring your mobile device at technology.ku.edu/eduroam.

The growing eduroam consortium has nearly 6,000 member organizations in 58 countries, including 78 active institutions in the United States. KU is one of a small but growing number of top U.S. research institutions that have joined eduroam. We are a leader in providing this technology service, as one of the first universities in the central United States and one of only two Big 12 institutions to participate.

Eduroam is based on secure encryption and authentication standards, using the wireless networks of participating institutions. It offers a more secure alternative to public Wi-Fi hot spots. Eduroam visitors to KU, for example, will access the Internet through KU’s secure wireless network, which covers the Lawrence campus and parts of the Edwards Campus.

There was no cost to the University for joining eduroam, and there is no cost for faculty, staff or students who use it when traveling. KU issued a news release today about eduroam. You can read it on the KU News website.

Thanks to James Sterbenz and Perry Alexander at ITTC who brought eduroam to our attention and advocated for KU’s participation, as well as KU IT staff, including Wes Hubert, Jim Rupprecht and Tom Moroney, who worked to bring this valued service to KU.

 


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