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The eduroam Architecture for Network Roaming (RFC7593) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244948D
Original Publication Date: 2015-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Feb-04
Document File: 74 page(s) / 89K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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K. Wierenga: AUTHOR [+3]


In 2002, the European Research and Education community set out to create a network roaming service for students and employees in academia [eduroam-start]. Now, over 10 years later, this service has grown to more than 10,000 service locations, serving millions of users on all continents with the exception of Antarctica.

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Independent Submission                                       K. Wierenga Request for Comments: 7593                                 Cisco Systems Category: Informational                                        S. Winter ISSN: 2070-1721                                                  RESTENA                                                            T. Wolniewicz                                           Nicolaus Copernicus University                                                           September 2015

               The eduroam Architecture for Network Roaming


   This document describes the architecture of the eduroam service for    federated (wireless) network access in academia.  The combination of    IEEE 802.1X, the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), and RADIUS    that is used in eduroam provides a secure, scalable, and deployable    service for roaming network access.  The successful deployment of    eduroam over the last decade in the educational sector may serve as    an example for other sectors, hence this document.  In particular,    the initial architectural choices and selection of standards are    described, along with the changes that were prompted by operational    experience.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   This is a contribution to the RFC Series, independently of any other    RFC stream.  The RFC Editor has chosen to publish this document at    its discretion and makes no statement about its value for    implementation or deployment.  Documents approved for publication by    the RFC Editor are not a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

 Wierenga, et al.              Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 7593                         eduroam                  September 2015

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