eduroam wireless access

Eduroam is a worldwide wireless service that gives members of participating institutions transparent access to one another's wireless networks. Each participating institution maintains a Wi-Fi network named eduroam. After you initially connect to eduroam at your home institution, then you can then access the eduroam network at any participating institution.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Five College Students
Others
Features and Benefits: 

Provides transparent, secure access at thousands of educational and cultural institutions in over 70 countries and territories worldwide.

Note that eduroam is identical to the Amherst Secure network, but with the additional ability to connect seemlessly to networks at other institutions. Amherst users should feel free to use eduroam and Amherst Secure interchangeably.

Requirements: 

To use the worldwide eduroam network, you must first log on to eduroam at your home institution. Do this before traveling, then you will be able to use eduroam at other locations.

Amherst users who are on campus will be required to register their networking device in order to use eduroam, just as they do with any Amherst wireless network. Visitors to the Amherst campus do not need to netreg their devices in order to use the Amherst edutoam network. 

Getting Started: 

The eduroam Knowledge Base article has detailed information about how to log in and use eduroam.

Additional Information: 

Visit the eduroam website at https://www.eduroam.org/ for detailed information about using eduroam and participating institutions.

Amherst Secure Wi-Fi

Amherst Secure Wi-Fi is a wireless network that requires an Amherst account in order to connect. Note that an Amherst user will get the same features and performance on the Eduroam network as on Amherst Secure.

Campus visitors should use the regular Amherst Wi-Fi network or the Eduroam network (if they come from a member institution).

If you have an ethernet connection near your computer, especially if it’s a desktop, you should instead consider using it, as it will be faster than Wi-Fi.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Five College Students
Features and Benefits: 

Unlike the Amherst wireless network, Amherst Secure provides over-the-air encryption of all your network traffic.

Requirements: 

You need a wireless adapter that supports the 802.1x authentication protocol. In our experience, only older laptops running Windows XP may be unable to connect to Amherst Secure.

Getting Started: 

Find your computer’s list of available wireless networks, and select Amherst Secure. The first time you connect, or the first time you connect after changing your password, you'll be prompted to enter your current Amherst username and password.

Then load a new page with your web browser, and if your wireless network adapter isn't already registered on the Amherst network, you'll be redirected to the Network Registration page.

If you do not see your home page and are not automatically redirected to the NetReg page, enter its address directly into your web browser: http://netreg.amherst.edu.

Amherst Wi-Fi

The Amherst Wi-Fi wireless network lets members of the Amherst College community as well as guests access Amherst network resources and the Internet wirelessly.

People with Amherst accounts are strongly encouraged to use the Amherst Secure or Eduroam wireless networks, as they provide better security.

If you have an ethernet connection near your computer, especially if it’s a desktop, you should instead consider using it, as it will be faster than Wi-Fi.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Alumni
Five College Students
Applicants
Others
Features and Benefits: 

Lets anyone connect to the Amherst College network.

Requirements: 

The Amherst Wi-Fi network requires registration, but an Amherst account is not required. 

If you do not or cannot register, then as a “guest” you will be restricted as to what you can do on the network, in particular you will only be able to browse the World-Wide Web and access an IMAP-based email system.

Getting Started: 

Find your computer’s list of available wireless networks, and select Amherst. Then load a new page with your web browser, and if your wireless network adapter isn't already registered on the Amherst network, you'll be redirected to the Network Registration page.

If you do not see your home page and are not automatically redirected to the NetReg page, enter its address directly into your web browser: http://netreg.amherst.edu.

Connect to eduroam

How to connect to the eduroam wireless network with Windows, Mac, or iOS devices.

Note to Amherst College users: If you want to use eduroam at other institutions, you must first connect to eduroam at Amherst.

Note to visitors to Amherst College: If you want to connect to eduroam at Amherst, you must have already connected to it at your home institution.