A person holding up a smartphone using eduroam

What is eduroam?

During the recent intermittent campus wireless network outage, you may have heard suggestions to use eduroam as your wireless network if you were having trouble connecting to UWNet. But perhaps you’ve never heard of eduroam—or the benefits of using it as your wireless connection while on campus.

eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. It allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to connect to the internet across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop or mobile device.

eduroam is easily accessed on the UW–‍Madison campus, requiring only your NetID and password to connect.



  • Uses the most secure encryption and authentication standards available; its security by far exceeds typical hotspots.
  • Requires minimum configuration to setup and access.


  • You can use your NetID login and password to connect to wireless at any eduroam-enabled institution.
  • Faculty, staff and students can get secure wireless network connectivity on campus.
  • Visitors from participating institutions can get secure wireless network connectivity at UW–‍Madison.
  • Wireless devices can be configured to automatically connect to eduroam, where available.
  • eduroam is available in over 78 countries.
  • eduroam works on Windows, macOS, Linux and most mobile devices.


  • You need only a UW–‍Madison NetID, or similar credential from a participating institution.

Getting started

To learn how to connect to eduroam, see eduroam – Accessing eduroam.

If you have any questions regarding eduroam or want more information, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.