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Available WiFi networks

The following wifi networks are broadcasted at Nikhef:
  • eduroam
    • this is the network which requires authentication with user name and password as provided by your home institute (e.g. Nikhef or any other home institute that supports eduroam)
    • see the installation instructions to prepare your mobile device for Eduroam authentication.
  • NIKHEF
    • this is an alternative for the eduroam network at Nikhef if you want to avoid unwanted connections to the UvA and CWI eduroam wifi networks
    • follow the eduroam installation instructions, select NIKHEF' instead of eduroam
    • be sure that you give the NIKHEF network a higher priority than the eduroam network in your preferred wifi networks connections.
    • you have to provide your credentials (username, password) only when you have modified your password. Note that occasionally you are requested to re-enter your name and password, if you do not have modified your password recently you may cancel this request.
  • Amsterdam Science Park
    • this is an open wifi connection that does not require registration (but it is required to accept the terms & conditions)
    • this wifi connection has a limited bandwidth and limited duration for a session
    • data is not encrypted via this connection; do not use for transmission of sensitive data (passwords, bank/credit card information)!
    • most useful for short-term visitors
    • this network is external to Nikhef; internal Nikhef services are not accessible from this wifi network.

Installation instructions for eduroam and NIKHEF networks.

Please contact the helpdesk in case you need assistance to configure your network connection.
Configuration:
  • Network name (ssid): eduroam or NIKHEF
  • Security type: WPA/WPA2-Enterprise
  • Encryption type: AES

Windows

Below are instructions for setting up Eduroam and NIKHEF wireless on Windows (support for Windows Vista up to Windows 10).

  • Go to http://cat.eduroam.org on your Windows-device
  • Click on the blue square which says: "Click here to download your eduroam installer"
  • In the next screen select 'Nikhef' from the list of organizations (Sometimes the country Netherlands is not selected first, make sure it's set to Netherlands)
  • In the next screen select 'Nikhef eduroam Wireless' as the user group (The Nikhef eduroam configuration will also configure the local NIKHEF SSID, which is exactly the same as eduroam but will force you to connect to Nikhef and not accidentally end pu at a neighbouring institution (like CWI or UvA)).
  • Open the downloaded file and run the installer. Click next in the first screen of the installation wizard.
  • You will receive warning with the message that the installer will only work properly if you are a member of Nikhef, click OK
  • Enter your Nikhef account information. Note: Your username should be username@nikhef.nl, your password is your Nikhef password. Click install
  • A message follows that the installation of the 'GEANTlink' component is required to continue. Note: Installation of 'GEANTlink' requires administrator rights to the laptop, you will be prompted to give permission for that action.
  • The network profiles are now installed, click finish
  • You are now correctly connected with Eduroam and NIKHEF wireless

Apple macOS

Below are instructions for setting up Eduroam and NIKHEF wireless on the Mac (support for Apple OS X Lion up to Apple macOS Catalina). By following these instructions you will also be able to connect to other places where Eduroam is used without any problems.

Instructions Images
Visit the Eduroam website to download the software: http://cat.eduroam.org.

Click on the blue square which says: "Click here to download your eduroam installer".
CatEduRoamOSX1.jpg
In the next screen select 'Nikhef' from the list of organisations.
CatEduRoamOSX2.jpg
In the next screen select 'Nikhef eduroam Wireless' as the user group.

The Nikhef eduroam configuration will also configure the local NIKHEF SSID, which is exactly the same as eduroam but will force you to connect to Nikhef and not accidentally end at a neighbouring institution (like CWI or UvA).

Click on the blue square which says: "Download your eduroam installer".
CatEduRoamOSX3.jpg
The downloaded file will open automatically. If not, open it manually by double clicking on it. You will be asked to install the 'eduroam' profile including the required certificates to make the connection successful. Click continue.
CatEduRoamOSX4.jpg
Enter your Nikhef account information.

Note: Your username should be username@nikhef.nl, your password is your Nikhef (SSO) password.
CatEduRoamOSX5.jpg
Enter your Nikhef account information (It is true that you have just entered the data. In the previous screen this was for the Eduroam wireless network and this time for NIKHEF wireless network.).

Note: Your username should be username@nikhef.nl, your password is your Nikhef (SSO) password.
CatEduRoamOSX6.jpg
You will receive a warning with the message with the question if you would like to install the profile and that your login details must be entered according to the specified format. Click 'Install'.
CatEduRoamOSX7.jpg
Everything is now successfully installed to connect with Eduroam or NIKHEF wireless. Now select one of the wireless networks from your taskbar to connect to it.
CatEduRoamOSX8.jpg

iOS

Below are instructions for setting up Eduroam and NIKHEF wireless on your iOS device (support for iOS 7-11 and iOS 5 and 6). By following these instructions you will also be able to connect to other places where Eduroam is used without any problems.

Instructions Images
Visit the Eduroam website via the Safari browser to download the software: http://cat.eduroam.org.

Click on the blue square which says: "Click here to download your eduroam installer".
EduRoamiOS1.jpg
In the next screen select 'Nikhef' from the list of organisations.
EduRoamiOS2.jpg
In the next screen select 'Nikhef eduroam Wireless' as the user group.

The Nikhef eduroam configuration will also configure the local NIKHEF SSID, which is exactly the same as eduroam but will force you to connect to Nikhef and not accidentally end at a neighbouring institution (like CWI or UvA).

Click on the blue square which says: "Apple iOS Mobile Devices".
EduRoamiOS3.jpg
You will be asked if there is permission to download the configuration file. Allow this.
EduRoamiOS4.jpg
When the file is downloaded, select 'Close'.
EduRoamiOS5.jpg
Now go to the 'Settings' on your iPhone and make sure you are at the upper side. There you will see 'Profile downloaded'. Select this to continue.
EduRoamiOS6.jpg
You will now see what is going to be installed. Click on 'Install' to continue, you might be asked to fill in the code of your iOS device.
EduRoamiOS7.jpg
You will receive a message that your login details must be entered according to the specified format which is indicated. Select 'Next'.
EduRoamiOS8.jpg
You will receive a message that internet traffic on Eduroam/NIKHEF may be filtered or monitored by a wifiproxy. Select 'Install'.
EduRoamiOS9.jpg
Enter your Nikhef account information.

Note: Your username should be username@nikhef.nl, your password is your Nikhef (SSO) password.
EduRoamiOS10.jpg
Enter your Nikhef account information (It is true that you have just entered the data. In the previous screen this was for the Eduroam wireless network and this time for NIKHEF wireless network.).

Note: Your username should be username@nikhef.nl, your password is your Nikhef (SSO) password.
EduRoamiOS11.jpg
Everything is now successfully installed to connect with Eduroam or NIKHEF wireless. Select 'Done/Ready' and go to the wireless settings on the iPhone to connect to Eduroam or NIKHEF.
EduRoamiOS12.jpg

Linux

We cannot give a complete guide on how to connect to eduroam under Linux. You should use the following settings:
  • Network name (ssid): eduroam
  • Security: WPA2-enterprise
  • EAP: TTLS
  • phase2: PAP
  • outer / anonymous identity: anonymous@nikhef.nl
  • domain: wireless.nikhef.nl (sometimes called domain-suffix-match or domain_suffix_match)
  • identity: username@nikhef.nl
  • password: your nikhef sso password
  • certificate : Use system CAs or manually select:
  • /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt (Debian / Ubuntu / Mint / some OpenSUSE)
  • /var/lib/ca-certificates/ca-bundle.pem (OpenSUSE alternative)
  • /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt (Red Hat / Fedora)

Xubuntu/Ubuntu

The recipe written hereunder is based on our user's experience configuring Eduroam on Xubuntu running on MACbook Pro.
First of all, if you don't have it yet, download the certificate you're going to use : wireless.nikhef.nl
Third, restart your dhcpclient (sudo dhcpclient wlan0)

Android

We have created a Android App for installation of Eduroam on Android devices. It is available in the google playstore
You need to be connected to the internet to use the App. You can use 3G on your mobile phone or a temporary nikhef-guest account. You ony need to run the app once and it will create a wireless profile for you to login to eduroam.
Please use username.
We strongly recommend using this app to connect to Eduroam on Android. If you manually configure eduroam on Android you are susceptible to a man in the middle atacks and hackers could steal you Nikhef credentials.
The app creates a personal certificate for you on your android device which can be used to safely logon to eduroam without using your username.

This app has not been tested on all versions of Android and it might not work on older devices.

Useful links

Eduroam web site: eduroam.nl
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