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eduroam

Education Roaming, or eduroam, is a secure, world-wide roaming Wi-Fi access service developed for the research and education community. It allows students, faculty, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Wi-Fi internet connectivity when visiting other participating institutions by simply connecting their devices wirelessly to the eduroam Wi-Fi services.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Securely connect to Wi-Fi at participating eduroam institutions world-wide
  • Connect using your USC Network Username
  • No cost to use eduroam

GETTING STARTED:

  • If you have valid USC Columbia campus authentication credentials and can wirelessly access the Columbia campus FacStaff or Student Wi-Fi networks, then you can use these credentials at any other eduroam participating campus or institution around the world.
  • At the eduroam participating campus, select the eduroam Wi-Fi service on your device and login using the following format, substituting your Network Username where indicated: NetworkUsername@ds.sc.edu. You must logon using the suffix @ds.sc.edu.

FAQs:

Does the University of South Carolina have access to eduroam?

Yes, USC is a participating member of eduroam. University faculty, staff, and students that visit other eduroam participating institutions can access eduroam using their USC credentials. The eduroam network will show up as an available wireless connection on mobile devices or laptops. In addition, visitors to USC traveling from other participating institutions will have authorized access to the eduroam network for secure wireless access to the Internet. 

What does eduroam cost?

The eduroam network is a free service provided by an international federation of academic institutions for all members of the worldwide research and education community.

Can I access eduroam from home?

No, eduroam is a service provided only to institutions and campuses who are participating eduroam members.

Can I use my smartphone or mobile device with eduroam?

Yes, most smartphones and mobile devices that use Wi-Fi services can use eduroam.

I’m a visitor to the University of South Carolina. Why can’t I access eduroam?

If you are from another institution visiting USC, your home institution may not be a participating eduroam member. Please contact the IT services at your home institution to find out more about your access limitations.

Which computer operating systems can I use to access eduroam?

The eduroam network has ‘cross platform’ access, which means that eduroam will work on the following computer operating systems:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Linux
Are there security risks using eduroam?

No, eduroam uses secure encryption and authentication standards while connecting to Wi-Fi at USC or while roaming at participating institutions or campuses.

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COST:

  • None