How to connect to eduroam?

What do you have to do if you want to connect to eduroam?

Microsoft Windows

The users who use Microsoft Windows operating systems (Windows 7 and previous versions) has to use the SecureW2 program to be able to make IEEE 802.1x and EAP configurations. For this reason SecureW2 : The free 802.1x/EAP client for Windows(32 bit) should be installed on the computer. This client works only on the 32 bit Windows operating systems (Windows XP, Vista, 7) so users of 64 bit operating systems should contact the eduroam authorities. For SecureW2 to be active, the manager for wireless networks must be chosen to be Windows, and all other third party software has to be disabled.

!!! For Windows 8 and later versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems (including 32 and 64 bit), there is no need for any software installation.

Below examples are given on explanations regarding how to connect to METU network form different platforms. To connect your own institutions network, please contact you network administrator.

Microsoft Windows VISTA ve 7 ayarları

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Click START menu on the operating system, and open the windows respectively:

START > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > (from the menu on the left) Manage Wireless Networks

Here, tright click on the eduroam ssid (service set identifier) and choose Properties, on the windoweduroam Wireless Network Properties window that's opened, changes on the Security heading should be done:

Security type: WPA2 Enterprise

Encryption Type: AES

Choose a network authentication method : SecureW2 TTLS should ve choosen.

Beside Secure W2 TTLSoption, on SecureW2 menu when clicked on Settings:

  • Profile: click Configure under DEFAULT 
    • on Connection option,  Use alternate outer identity and Use anonymous outer identity should be choosen.
    • on Certificates option Verify Server Certificates option should ve removed.
    • on Authentication option PAP should ve choosen.
    • on User Account option, and password should be entered.

Microsoft Windows XP Configuration

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Click START menu on the operating system, and open the windows respectively:

START > Settings > Network Connections > Wireless Network Connection

On the window that's opened, click Properties on the General option, and from the Wireless Network Connection Properties menu, Network should be choosen. Here, if exists, from the Preferred Networks option, eduroam ssid should ve choosen and Properties should be clicked, if not exists, click Add button, and add eduroam on Network Name section. After this the configuration below should be done respectively.

Under Association title:

Network Authentication : WPA

Data Encryption : AES

should be choosen.

Under Authentication title:

  • Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network should ve choosen
  • EAP type : SecureW2 TTLS should be choosen
  • Under Secure W2 TTLS Properties should be clicked and on the menu SecureW2:
    • Profile : click Configure under DEFAULT
      • on Connection option Use alternate outer identity and Use anonymous outer identity should be choosen
      • on Certificates option Verify Server Certificates should be removed
      • on Authentication option PAP should be choosen
      • on User Account option, ve password should be entered.

Linux Operating Systems:

Description with pictures for Ubuntu distribution

In Linux operating systems, the the help of the wpa_supplicant, it's possible to connect to 802.1x wireless networks running on WPA or above. So to connect to eduroam, the wpa_supplicant application should be installed beforehand.

This operation can be held with the apt-get install wpasupplicant command in debian based operating systems. In other Linux distributions, you can use you package manager to make the installation.

Linux Configuration

To the folder /etc/wpa_supplicant or to where the installation took place, generate a file named wpa_supplicant.conf and configure the file as follows (use your own username and password)




Connect to the wireless network by entering the command edited according to your network adapter:

wpa_supplicant -B -i eth2 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf -D wext
(for use of wpa_supplicant refer to man wpa_supplicant and man wpa_supplicant.conf commands)

To get the ip address automatically, enter the command dhclient eth2

For the configuration to automatically, in /etc/network/interfaces file, the line regarding the adapter should be changed with this one. (eth2 in the example)

auto eth2
iface eth2 inet dhcp
wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf


The links of the certicates that are needed to connect the wireless network are as follows: