Access WiFi (eduroam)

The simplest way to connect to eduroam is by using eduroam CAT (Configuration Assistance Tool).

To access eduroam you will first need to set up a Remote Access account, this is different from your Single Sign On (SSO).

The OWL WiFi network is also available across the University.  The service is mostly used by University visitors but can be accessed temporarily without a password to set up your Remote Access account and access the eduroam CAT site.

After setting up your eduroam access in Oxford you should also be able to connect at other participating institutions.

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To ensure a secure connection, eduroam CAT can be set up in the following way.

ANDROID

  1. Download and run the eduroam CAT app from the Google Play store.
  2. Select the location University of Oxford.
  3. Provide your Remote Access username and password (the username being in the format abcd1234@OX.AC.UK).

OTHER DEVICES

  1. Use your device to access the eduroam website.
  2. Select the button titled Click here to download your eduroam installer.
  3. Select the location University of Oxford.
  4. Select the button to download the eduroam installer for your system (select Choose another installer to download if the right one is not displayed).
  5. Run the installer.
  6. Provide your Remote Access username and password (your username being in the format abcd1234@OX.AC.UK).

Manual settings can be used for most major operating systems if you are having problems with eduroam CAT.

ANDROID 7+

Most Android devices can be set up to connect to eduroam in the following way.

  1. Select eduroam from your device's list of available WiFi networks
  2. When prompted for
    • EAP method select PEAP
    • Phase 2 Authentication select MSCHAPV2
    • CA Certificate select Use system certificates
    • Domain provide ox.ac.uk
    • Identity provide your Remote Access username (for example abcd1234@OX.AC.UK)
    • Anonymous Identity leave this blank
    • Password provide your Remote Access password

EARLIER VERSIONS

For most Android devices older than version 7 the connection settings are as follows.

  1. Select eduroam from your device's list of available WiFi networks
  2. When prompted for
    • EAP select PEAP
    • Phase 2 Authentication select MSCHAPV2
    • CA certificate select Unspecified
    • User certificate select Unspecified
    • Identity provide your Remote Access username (for example abcd1234@OX.AC.UK)
    • Anonymous Identity provide your Remote Access username
    • Password provide your Remote Access password

iOS devices can be set to connect to eduroam in the following way.

  1. Select eduroam from the list of available networks.
  2. When prompted for your username and password provide your Remote Access account details (the username format being abcd1234@OX.AC.UK).
  3. If asked to trust the radius.oucs.ox.ac.uk certificate, select "Accept" or "Trust".

UBUNTU 9.10+

The process to connect to eduroam should be similar for Ubuntu systems from version 9.10 onward.

  1. Select eduroam from the list of available WiFi networks
  2. When prompted for
    • WiFi Security select WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
    • Authentication select Protected EAP (PEAP)
    • Anonymous Identity leave this field blank
    • CA Certificate select (none)
    • PEAP Version select Version 0
    • Inner Authentication select MSCHAPv2
    • Username provide your Remote Access username
    • Password provide your Remote Access password
  3. If you receive a notification labelled No Certificate Authority certificate chosen select Ignore

FEDORA 11+

These instructions were compiled using Fedora 11 and NetworkManager Applet 0.7.1 under GNOME.

  1. Select eduroam from the list of available WiFi networks
  2. When prompted for
    • WiFi Security select WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
    • Authentication select Protected EAP (PEAP)
    • Anonymous Identity leave this field blank
    • CA Certificate select (none)
    • PEAP Version select Automatic
    • Inner Authentication select MSCHAPv2
    • Username provide your Remote Access username
    • Password provide your Remote Access password
  3. If you receive a notification labelled No Certificate Authority certificate chosen select Ignore

macOS 10.14+

The process to connect to eduroam should be similar for macOS systems from macOS 10.14 onward.

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Select Network
  3. Select the AirPort device, then choose Configure (unlock the interface if required)
  4. When prompted for
    • Network Name provide eduroam
    • Wireless Security select WPA2 Enterprise
    • Username provide your Remote Access username
    • Password provide your Remote Access password
    • 802.1x Configuration select Automatic.
  5. If you receive a notification advising "The server certificate is not trusted because there are no explicit trust settings"
    1. Select Show Certificate
    2. Check the certificate refers to radius.oucs.ox.ac.uk, radius0.oucs.ox.ac.uk or radius1.oucs.ox.ac.uk
    3. Check the certificate is signed by AddTrust External CA Root
    4. Check the window states that This certificate is valid
    5. After verifying the certificate, tick the checkbox Always trust these certificates
  6. Select OK and any other confirmations required to exit the process.

EARLIER VERSIONS

The process to connect to eduroam should be similar for macOS systems from macOS 10.7 onward.

  1. Open System Preferences (gear icon)
  2. Select Network
  3. Select Advanced
  4. Select eduroam from the list of preferred networks
  5. When prompted for
    • Network Name provide eduroam
    • Security select WPA/WPA2 Enterprise
    • Username provide your Remote Access username
    • Password provide your Remote Access password
  6. Select OK and any other confirmations required to exit the process.

​​​​​​Windows 10 devices can connect to eduroam in the following way.

  1. Open the Windows Start menu and type Control Panel
  2. Select Network and Internet
  3. Select Network and Sharing Center
  4. Select Set up a new connection or network
  5. Select Manually connect to a wireless network
  6. Within the resulting Window
    • provide Network name: eduroam
    • provide Security type: WPA2-Enterprise
    • tick the Start this connection automatically checkbox
    • select Next
  7. Select Change connection settings
  8. Select the Security tab
  9. Select the Settings button
  10. Within the resulting Window
    • tick the checkbox Verify the server's identity by validating the certificate
    • tick the checkbox Connect to these servers (examples:srv1;srv2;.*\.srv3\.com) and provide radius.oucs.ox.ac.uk
    • tick the checbox AffirmTrust Commercial in the list of Trusted Root Certificate Authorities
    • set Notifications before connecting to Don't ask users to authorize new servers or trusted CAs
    • set Secure Authentication Method to Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)
    • tick the checkbox Enable Fast Reconnect
    • select Configure and ensure the Automatically use my Windows logon name and password checkbox is not ticked
  11. Return to the Security tab
  12. Select Advanced settings
  13. In the 802.1X Settings tab
    • tick the checkbox Specify authentication mode and select User authentication
  14. Select OK and any other confirmations to exit the setup

When you then connect to eduroam for the first time provide your username in the format abcd1234@OX.AC.UK and your remote access password.

The following settings may be able to be used to connect your device to eduroam.

  1. Select eduroam from your device's list of available WiFi networks
  2. When prompted, for
    • SSID provide eduroam
    • Username provide your Remote Access username
    • Password provide your Remote Access password
    • Authentication realm provide ox.ac.uk
    • Outer Identity provide anonymous@OX.AC.UK
    • Roaming Identity provide anonymous@OX.AC.UK
    • Anonymous Identity provide anonymous@OX.AC.UK
    • Wireless type select WPA2-Enterprise
    • EAP type select PEAP
    • Sub authentication type select EAP-MSCHAP v2
    • Root certificate authority select AffirmTrust or AffirmTrust Certificate Authority - OV1
    • RADIUS server provide radius.oucs.ox.ac.uk

If you are having trouble setting up eduroam please try the following.

  1. Try to use eduroam CAT
  2. Check the format of your Remote Access username is similar to abcd1234@OX.AC.UK
  3. Check you are using your Remote Access password, not your SSO account password.
  4. Use the Remote Access details to access the VPN service.  If this is not successful you will need to update your Remote Access password.
  5. Check for errors in the settings, such as 'ox.ac.uk' rather than 'OX.AC.UK'.
  6. If your device has previously tried to connect to eduroam, you may need to first remove the wireless network.
  7. If your iOS device is unable to forget the network, access Settings > General > Profiles / Profiles & Device Management, then remove the eduroam profile.
  8. If using manual settings, try changing your Anonymous / Roaming / Outer Identity to your Remote Access username or try leaving it blank.

Your device must support WPA2-Enterprise.

You must read and abide by the University's Regulations Relating to the use of IT Facilities and eduroam UK policy.

In particular please be aware that for operational and legal reasons the University will log all traffic.  In some instances or locations it will restrict or throttle traffic that is, either actually or potentially, interfering with the service provided to users either locally or generally.

Devices such as wireless printers, gaming consoles, internet TV's and interactive voice devices are not permitted on the network due to bandwidth restrictions, and to avoid excessive consumption of limited shared resources.

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