22 May 2014

‌The eduroam Wi-Fi network used at Lancaster is part of a worldwide secure Wi-Fi service. Staff and students can freely use eduroam wireless networks at other institutions when travelling or working away from Lancaster. 

You can now locate eduroam-enabled sites more easily thanks to an app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Eduroam app map WestminsterThe eduroam Companion app provides location details of eduroam-enabled institutions close by, or you can search for networks by institution name, street address or town.

The locations of eduroam networks can be displayed either on a map or as a list with the distance to each site noted. Information about each point on the map can be found, including the name of the institution, an approximate street address (where available) and directions of how to get there.

Using eduroam is preferable to using free Wi-Fi services in coffee shops, hotels and public spaces because it provides a secure, encrypted connection to the Internet. 

The app uses data stored in the central eduroam.org database and provides details of services throughout a number of participating countries. Unfortunately, not all institutions provide comprehensive network information to the database, but the app allows you to tag your current location as having eduroam access in order to improve the accuracy and completeness of the service coverage information.

The iOS version can be downloaded free from iTunes. The Android version is now available from a number of sources, including Google.