Universities and labs get Wi-Fi roaming service

A new Wi-Fi roaming service aims to keep professors, students and staff connected whenever they visit one of 220 universities and research labs that are part of the Internet2 consortium.

The Net+ eduroam wireless Internet service allows travelers from academic institutions to gain network access using their laptop, tablet, smartphone or other Wi-Fi device with minimal configuration and no need for the visited institution to explicitly grant access. A user's credentials are only revealed to the traveler's home institution, not the institution visited, said Internet2.

Eduroam Wi-Fi connectivity will be offered as an Internet2 member benefit and will be covered by the group's annual membership fee. Higher educational institutions that are not Internet2 members are invited to join the service for an annual fee.

Internet2, in a partnership with the National Science Foundation and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, will support the deployment of eduroam in the United States. The service had its genesis as an international project in Europe and involves many national research and education network organizations, said Internet2.

For more:
- see this Internet2 release

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