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Most users at the University of Oxford access the internet via the eduroam Wi-Fi service. This shows you how to connect to eduroam Wi-Fi. You can also connect to the OWL Wi-Fi service.

Wi-Fi Set Up

To use the eduroam Wi-Fi service you must read and abide by the Wi-Fi acceptable use policy.

Simple Set Up Instructions

The simplest way to connect to eduroam Wi-Fi is to download the eduroam CAT (Configuration Assistance Tool). This ensures a standardised set up and assurance that the configuration will work most effectively.  

If you are on the University campus you can temporarily connect to the OWL Wi-Fi network without a password to set up your Remote Access Account and download the eduroam CAT tool described in the steps below.

To do this:

  1. Set up a Remote Access Account. You can set this up at: https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/self/index.  Your remote access account is different from your Single Sign-On (SSO) account.
  2. Go to https://cat.eduroam.org.
  3. Click the wide button marked eduroam user: download your eduroam installer and then select Oxford University.
  4. Click the button entitled Download your eduroam installer.
  5. Run the installer. When prompted enter your Remote Access username and password. Your username is in the following example format: abcd1234@OX.AC.UK - enter the OX.AC.UK part of your username in uppercase as some devices will not connect to eduroam if this is lowercase.

See more detailed instructions, with screenshots, on how to download and install eduroam CAT.

Manual Set Up Instructions

If you are having problems with the eduroam CAT see the manual set up instructions for major operating systems and mobile devices.

Visiting other Institutions and Visitors to Oxford

Oxford users visiting other institutions

Once you have set up your eduroam access in Oxford you should be able to connect at other participating institutions. The eduroam website has a list of participating institutions.

Oxford eduroam uses the IT Services Remote Access account username followed by '@OX.AC.UK' (e.g. abcd1234@OX.AC.UK) and the corresponding password. Although @OX.AC.UK can  generally be lower or upper case within the University, there are device types where only upper case will work.

Note: You should ensure that your eduroam setup is working correctly in Oxford before visiting other institutions.

Visitors to Oxford

If you are a visitor from an institution which uses eduroam Wi-Fi, you should be able to connect to eduroam Wi-Fi at the University of Oxford using your home credentials. If you have any technical issues connecting to eduroam you should contact your IT support at your home institution for assistance.

Oxford eduroam operates a compliant service per the eduroam UK technical specification.

If you are an education related visitor (without eduroam access) or are 'sponsored' by a College or Department you are visiting, you might be able to connect via the OWL Visitor Wi-Fi access. Please talk to your host College or Department for further details.

Further Information and Help

Written by IT Services. Latest revision 7 November 2017