How to connect securely in the U.S. and abroad with eduroam

Planning a trip to another university? Now Ohio State students, faculty and staff have a new option for connecting securely throughout the U.S. and abroad --the eduroam network. Created in by European universities in 2003, the network allows you to access a secure, encrypted connection at any participating eduroam universities without having to gain guest credentials. There are thousands of eduroam hotspots to join, eliminating data roaming charges. 

Before You Travel

OCIO is broadcasting the eduroam wireless network across all campus locations – not only for visiting users of participating institutions – but also to allow Ohio State users to test their configuration prior to departing for a trip to a participating institution. To get connected, you can access our knowledge base for instructions (article #KB04594), visit the BuckeyeBar, or contact the IT Service Desk at 614-688-HELP (4357).

Please note, the use of eduroam is not meant to replace the “WiFi@OSU” network used by campus visitors, nor the existing secure “osuwireless” network as used by current students, faculty and staff.

eduroam Locations

What To Expect When You First Connect (Windows)
The following applies to devices running Windows; all others can visit our Knowledge Base for further instructions specific to each device (article #KB04594).

When the computer is on and inside an eduroam coverage area, a balloon will pop up in the lower right corner of the screen that says "Additional information is required to connect to eduroam".

  • Click on the balloon.
  • A login screen will appear.
  • Enter your Ohio State Username including @OSU.EDU (lastname.#@osu.edu) and password. Leave the Logon domain blank and then click OK.

You may be asked to accept a certificate the first time you connect. If so, the certificate will be named wireless.osu.edu.

In the Validate Server Certificate window that appears, select View Server Certificate and verify the certificate name is wireless.osu.edu. If the certificate name is wireless.osu.edu, click OK to accept.

If the certificate name is anything other than wireless.osu.edu, someone may be trying to steal your data! Click Cancel and contact the IT Service Desk immediately at 614-688-HELP (4357)