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On the Road with Eduroam

This news item expired May 28, 2013. It may contain out-of-date information.

Brenda Kutz, academic advisor for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, traveled to Scotland recently on a recruiting trip for exchange students. While her ISU traveling companions struggled the first night with wireless connectivity issues at their hotel, Kutz was up and running immediately. She didn't have to waste time finding a wireless login in and password, either on the University of Edinburgh campus or the hotel.

How? Kutz set up a new service called eduroam on her iPad before she left town. "I logged right on and had no problems," Kutz said. "I was happy as a clam, checking email, chatting with my husband." It didn't take long for her colleagues to access eduroam and soon they were communicating just as effectively, even though the hotel was still having issues with wireless. While on the University of Edinburgh campus, she used her iPod Touch, since it was smaller and lighter than her iPad.

Eduroam was designed with the vision to allow researchers visiting multiple campuses to use the login from their own institution to access the host network, alleviating the need to set up guest access. Eduroam is also available to ISU staff and students who are visiting other campuses, including internationally. With eduroam, all you have to do is open your laptop and log in with your ISU Net-ID and password, just like you do here.

Further information about eduroam can be found on the How to Connect to Eduroam page.