HEAnet 2-day eduroam Workshop

Dates: Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 March 2016
Time: 10:30 – 15:00
Venue: CIT, Cork City (meeting room tbc)
Fee: There is no delegate fee for this HEAnet Client workshop

This is a hands-on technical workshop so you must bring your own laptop/device.


Please remember that you’ll need to bring a laptop with you, this will be needed for day 2 in particular.


The workshop is taking place in building 14 (Melbourne building) at CIT campus on both days. Free parking has been arranged for the parking area beside the building (shown as “Pay Parking” on the map).

Map: http://www.cit.ie/contentfiles/maps/cit-map-2013.pdf

Day 1 (Tue 22 Mar): 10:00 – 17:00
10:00 Start, tea / coffee on arrival
12:30 Lunch
15:00 Afternoon tea

Day 2 (Wed 23 Mar):   09:00 – 17:00
09:00 Start
11:00 Morning tea
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Afternoon tea

2-day HEAnet eduroam Workshop
This workshop is intended as a 2-day event, however we can accept registrations based on: Day 1 only, Day 2 only, Day 1 and 2/

Day 1: eduroam WiFi Service
(built upon standard enterprise-grade WiFi )

The aim of Day 1 is for attendees to leave with an understanding of the elements involved in an enterprise-grade WiFi service, how these elements tie together in practice, and how this architecture is built upon to make eduroam work.  In addition it will identify how to carry out some basic troubleshooting, and will describe one effective option (eduroam CAT) for managing roll-out of eduroam to your end users.

What is eduroam:

  • how does it work, common authentication methods and their implications, etc.
  • back-end Radius servers and how they hook into local user databases,
  • end-user mobile devices and their quirks
  • what happens when a user connects to eduroam WiFi while roaming.

Freeradius (most of the principles are common to any Radius server):

  • basic Radius server troubleshooting
  • maintenance steps and procedures
  • troubleshooting and reporting tools

eduroam CAT
(a free tool that greatly helps with managing the configuration of end-user mobile devices)

  • what are the benefits
  • how to use it as both an end-user and as a site administrator

Day 2: Hands-on Freeradius Workshop

The aim of Day 2 is for attendees to leave with the knowledge to build and maintain their own Freeradius server, and have an understanding of how to implement more complex configurations to suit their particular needs/environment:

Build and configure Freeradius on a Linux platform
(assumes an understanding of the areas covered on Day 1, plus a familiarity with the Unix operating system)

  • install and configure a Freeradius server in a test environment
  • some advanced configurations, e.g. dynamic VLAN allocation, authorisation based on group membership etc..

Teas/Coffees/Lunches will be provided
Spaces are limited, so register early to secure your place.

For those of you who can’t travel to CIT, we are planning a re-run closer to Dublin later in the year.

If you have any questions please email workshop@heanet.ie