Improved Wi-Fi Services Coming to Georgia Tech

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Improved Wi-Fi Services Coming to Georgia Tech

May 30, 2018
• Atlanta, GA

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To improve Georgia Tech’s Wi-Fi services, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is making changes to eduroam, GTwifi, and GTvisitor. The changes include moving to eduroam as the default wireless network, retiring GTwifi, and offering a free access option for those with basic wireless needs.

Eduroam to Replace GTwifi

In August, GTwifi will be replaced by eduroam, which has been in use at Georgia Tech since late 2016 as a pilot for early adopters. Campuswide migration efforts began in spring.

“Using eduroam on campus gives you the same great network experience you are used to having with GTwifi, with the additional benefit of seamless access to eduroam networks across town, the state, the country, and the world,” said Matt Sanders, director of Research Operations in the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) and Georgia Tech wireless services manager.

Using eduroam allows Georgia Tech researchers and faculty to use Tech’s Wi-Fi service whether visiting an eduroam member institute locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally. In addition, the service enables members from other schools to log in to their own eduroam service, instead of configuring their device to Tech’s networking service. Click here for a listing of eduroam participating institutions.

The most significant change when configuring eduroam is that the username entered needs to be in the format of “gtaccount@gatech.edu.” For example, a user with the Georgia Tech account “gpburdell8,” should enter “gpburdell8@gatech.edu” as the username along with the account password.

“Eduroam provides the same strong enterprise-based wireless authentication as GTwifi, with the ability to securely authenticate to Wi-Fi networks provided by participating academic institutions worldwide,” added Sanders.

When making the switch to eduroam, it is important that only one Georgia Tech network be configured on a device at any …

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