Campus Wifi - Eduroam

   Notice: Eduroam is now available
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Connection Instructions:

PC:

  • Connect to the "Welcome-to-TCNJ" network
  • Your default browser will open and bring you to a website with the option "students and employees click here" which will bring you to cat.eduroam.org
  • The installer will guide you through the rest of the setup process.
    • When prompted for your username and password, you will need to use your entire TCNJ email address (so include @tcnj.edu at the end)

Macs:

  • Connect to the "Welcome-to-TCNJ" network
  • X out of the pop-up box that appears when you connect
    • This pop-up may attempt to come back a few seconds later, X out of it again
  • Open up your preferred browser and go to tcnj.edu and it will redirect you to the same website that you saw on the pop-up
    • This will not work if you have signed up for guest WiFi in the meantime. In which case, just go directly to cat.eduroam.org
  • Go through the same steps for attempting the eduroam installer that you would have in the pop-up, but this method will allow your computer to download the file
  • Open the file and when asked for your username and password, use your full TCNJ email address (so including @tcnj.edu) and your TCNJ password
    • If you have updated your Mac OS to Big Sur, you won't have a file to open. Instead, open up your System Preferences and then go to "Profiles" to begin this process
  • Once the program finishes running and you get a screen with a "Verified" message, you can connect directly to eduroam

Mobile Devices:

  • The best practice for connecting Mobile devices is to first connect your actual computer to eduroam, as described above, and then go to https://ei.tcnj.edu/eduroam-wireless-network/ where you will find QR codes and instructions on how to download the eduroam profile needed for your mobile device
  • Please note that some Android phones have issues connecting. If you are having a problem, in the network settings for eduroam, make sure that these setting match up:
    • EAP: select PEAP
    • Phase 2 authentication: select MSCHAPV2
    • CA Certificate: select Do not validate / unspecified
    • Identity: email address
    • Anonymous identity: leave blank
    • Password: type TCNJ password

"Headless Devices"

  • A "headless device" is any device like gaming consoles, smart home devices (Alexa, Google Home), smart streaming devices (Roku, Fire sticks, Chromecast) etc. that do not have the same interface as a phone or computer to be able to download the installer for the WiFi
  • First, check if your device can be connected to the network via an ethernet cable, this is the preferred method for any other device and there are ethernet jacks available in your room
  • For devices that either can't be connected via ethernet cable or that you do not have any more ethernet jacks for, you can find the instructions on how to register them to the "Welcome-to-TCNJ" network here: https://ei.tcnj.edu/smart-home-streaming-gaming-and-other-headless-wireless-devices/
  • This method presents limitations for the following devices:
    • Smart Home Devices: since this connects your headless device to the "Welcome-to-TCNJ" network, you can only use voice commands to control them and not the provided smartphone app since your phone and the device are on different networks
    • Smart Streaming Devices: You will need a version of these devices that come with a physical remote in order to control them since this connects your headless device to the "Welcome-to-TCNJ" network. The provided smartphone app will not work since your phone and the device are on different networks
    • Printers: we recommend getting a physical cable to connect your personal printer to your computer because this method connects your headless device to the "Welcome-to-TCNJ" network, it will be unable to communicate with your computer since that will be on the eduroam network
What Is Eduroam?

Eduroam is a wireless access service that allows researchers, staff, and students to access a secure a Wi-Fi network connection using their credentials at their home institution or while visiting other campuses. When traveling to another institution that uses Eduroam, users need only turn on their mobile device without guest account credentials to immediately gain authenticated Internet access.

 

What does this mean for me?

Eduroam, once setup on your device, will allow you to access the wireless network of other participating institutions world wide using your TCNJ credentials without needing to request guest access. 

 

The Benefits of Using Eduroam

Being able to provide users with the freedom to study and research wherever they are — at home or abroad — is one of the chief responsibilities of higher education institutions. Lowering the bar for access by deploying Eduroam helps reduce connection anxiety for guests trying to connect to the Internet when visiting other institutions. Additionally, the Eduroam service often reduces the number of help desk calls from users by providing a solution that mimics their home institution’s wireless environment.

 
Risks to Consider When Using Eduroam

Eduroam is not a VPN, but a method to gain access to the Internet quickly so that a VPN can be used for secure communications. Until a VPN is used, data will be traveling over networks that are not in the control of their home institution. Users should treat the connection as if it were a public and be careful of what data is transmitted when not connected to a VPN. More on TCNJ's VPN  service can be found here

 

Where is Eduroam available?

Eduroam can be found at educational institutions all over the world. To find locations in a specific area or region,

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Article ID: 137045
Created
Thu 8/19/21 5:13 PM
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Thu 8/19/21 5:14 PM