Published July 9, 2014
Getting a safe, reliable Wi-Fi connection shouldn't have to be a hassle when you travel to other universities. For UB faculty, staff and students, it just got easier.
UB faculty, staff and students now have access to eduroam, a service that lets UB faculty, staff and students connect to secure Wi-Fi while visiting other participating institutions.
It’s not just having access to a Web browser, either. With
eduroam, you can access UB services at a remote participating
campus almost as if you were using UB Secure Wi-Fi at UB.
Connections to eduroam should be set up using the configuration
tool before you leave UB, and you only need to set it up
Don't actually connect to eduroam before you leave UB, though. After you arrive at the participating school, your configured smartphone, tablet or laptop will automatically connect to the eduroam network through a secure, encrypted connection.
If your device doesn’t connect to eduroam while you're
away, contact the CIT Help Desk at UB directly for assistance
(716-645-3542 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
"It’s pretty easy," said Jerry Bucklaew, Network Architect
with Network and Classroom Services (NCS). "You just use the
configuration tool and pull down SUNY Buffalo in the list of
institutions." Next, download and run the executable (.exe) file
for your operating system." Android systems must be configured
"The biggest problem people have is if they don’t use the configuration link and try to set it up on their own. They think the Domain is buffalo.edu, but it’s not. It’s actually ad.buffalo.edu,” advised Jerry. "If you use the configuration tool, you don’t even need to know that: it does all the configuring for you."
Authentication for UB faculty, staff and students using eduroam at other institutions is handled through UB, so your password isn't shared with other universities.
If you're a UB student, faculty or staff member, don't try to
connect to the eduroam network while at UB. Use UB Secure Wi-Fi
For faculty, staff or students visiting UB from another
university that participates in eduroam, your school’s
services can be accessed through eduroam Wi-Fi.
Visiting faculty, staff or students need to set up their device before leaving their campus, but when they arrive at UB, their device should automatically connect to eduroam once ithe network is selected. Any visiting faculty who have problems connecting should contact their school’s IT support for assistance.
Anyone using eduroam is bound by the host institution’s network and security policies. For instance, if a school’s firewall settings block access to something, you won't be able to access it through eduroam, even if you normally could access it at UB.
Schools using eduroam are located all over the world. Check to see if your destination is one of them before you go: