The aim of this project is to offer all scientists in Europe more convenient access to scientific networks.
Scientific networks such as university campuses very often have restricted access, to the extent that only users authorised by the university have access to their network. However, members of the scientific community often need to connect up to other institutions, for example in order to participate in conferences or project meetings. If a scientist wishes to connect up to a scientific network other than his own, he generally needs a user name on the actual site he is visiting.
eduroam allows these users to access the network of the place they are visiting, but with the user name they possess at their place of connection. Imagine a professor from the University of Luxembourg visiting the University of Southern Denmark. eduroam provides him with the possibility of quite simply sitting down at a computer and connecting up to the network using his Luxembourg user name, all without any administrative fuss.
This aim (more usually known as 'roaming ') is achieved by using special servers on the network being visited, which allows requests for foreign user access to come through from their institution of origin, and then a remote decision about whether or not the user can be granted access is made. The protocol which these servers use is called RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial In User Service). eduroam is a hierarchy of servers of this type that is used on many research networks world-wide. Please visit the eduroam International homepage for more details.
RESTENA has a twofold role in eduroam:
- National coordinator and operator of the national "Federation-Level RADIUS Servers" (FLRs). RESTENA determines the eligibility of an institution for the eduroam service and assists and connects all eligibile institutions to the national RADIUS platform. Please see the eduroam Luxembourg website for more details.
- Identity Provider for its own user base. RESTENA issues eduroam user accounts for all the >10000 teachers and members of educational institutions who have an individual account at RESTENA. Please see the Usage instructions for RESTENA users
New institutions in Luxembourg which want to join eduroam need to install their own 'Identity Provider RADIUS Server' and connect it to our FLRs. A recent map of the sites in Luxembourg where scientists can connect up to eduroam can be found on the 'eduroam Luxembourg Portal' link.www.eduroam.lu