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MIT Adopts Network Access Service

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has launched the Eduroam Wi-Fi network service, which allows members of the MIT community to connect to Eduroam networks at other institutions, and allows visitors from other participating Eduroam institutions to connect anywhere that MIT and MIT Secure Wi-Fi networks are available.

Eduroam, which is short for "education roaming," is a secure network access service for the international research and education community. The service is available at 5,500 locations in 54 countries around the world, and 184 educational institutions in the United States currently use Eduroam.

MIT's launch of Eduroam, which took place in August, means that MIT faculty, students and staff can now gain per-user, per-session, encrypted network access at any participating Eduroam institution, without the need for guest logon credentials, and visitors to MIT from participating institutions can have the same ease of access through MIT and MIT Secure Wi-Fi networks.

According to Eduroam, connectivity is instantaneous and does not require network administrators to provision visitors. Access between networks is negotiated once during the federation process and for all members of participating institutions The service consists of a worldwide federation of RADIUS servers using 802.1x. Many educational institutions already have these technologies in place, facilitating the adoption of the Eduroam service.

Eduroam is an Internet2 NET+ service. Further information about the Eduroam network service can be found on the Eduroam-US site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].

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