What is eduroam?
eduroam is a global service that provides free, secure Wi-Fi roaming connectivity for the R&E community.
- eduroam hotspots are typically operated by organisations in R&E and found in the vicinity of such (university, research centre, school, …)
- Hotspots can be easily identified with the network name (SSID) “eduroam”, and your device will connect automatically when in reach
- eduroam user accounts are usable at every eduroam hotspot, worldwide
- You authenticate with account data from your eduroam home organisation, who will learn that you visited a given eduroam hotspot
- Use of a concrete eduroam hotspot is subject to the Identity Provider AND Hotspot Acceptable Use Policies
- Data handling during roaming subject to the eduroam Privacy Notice
- Hotspots are often connected to powerful research backbones
What is OpenRoaming?
OpenRoaming is a global roaming Wi-Fi network with similar technologies, but different focus than eduroam. eduroam user accounts can be used on a subset of OpenRoaming hotspots.
- OpenRoaming hotspots are typically operated by third parties unrelated to R&E. These are often commercial, found at places of public interest (shopping malls, stadiums …)
- Your eduroam user account can be enabled by your home organisation for OpenRoaming. Your home organisation will subsequently learn which OpenRoaming hotspots you visit.
- OpenRoaming hotspots that are free for use by educational users can be identified by the display name: “OpenRoaming (homeorg.xy)” and will connect automatically (hotspots with paid-for access are not included and do not connect, so there is no reason to be afraid of being charged)
- Where both eduroam and OpenRoaming are available, the connection to eduroam will get priority
- A minimum quality of service level is guaranteed, on a very low level
|Locations||Academic institutions, high-profile public|
|Services||Minimum list of open ports,|
typically “full Internet”
|At discretion of hotspot|
|Cost||Always free at point of use||eduroam-provided user accounts will only|
ever connect to OpenRoaming hotspots which are free of charge
|Support||The identity provider can escalate issues||The identity provider can escalate issues|
|QoS||Typically very-high-speed research networks – no minimum guarantees||Very basic minimum guarantee|