eduroam provides encrypted access to the RWTH wireless network. The WLAN SSID "eduroam" is available at many research facilities worldwide. This means, if you have configured your WLAN device to use eduroam at the RWTH, you will be able to use this device, without any reconfiguration, at all other universities that also offer "eduroam". Your device is "allowed" (authenticated) into the eduroam network by your home university.

Upon account activation every RWTH student, staff member and partner receives the WLAN entitelment. With this entitlement, you are allowed to generate so called "eduroam device credentials" (username and password) which then allow connection to eduroam.

Information in this wiki




RWTH users are strongly encouraged to use eduroam. In eduroam, the communication between WLAN user device and WLAN Access Point is encrypted, that means your data is protected from eavesdropping on the air interface.

RWTH guests can use the SSID RWTH-guests.

As a guest you have two options

  • login using the guest account you have received from your host. RWTH staff can generate guest accounts and forward these to their invited guests (who don't have eduroam credentials), enabling them fast internet access.
  • if you haven't received a guest account, you still get internet access, but your internet connection is pretty lame, as all "unauthorised" guests have to share a 100Mbps uplink to the Internet.

Guests and hosts can get further information by visiting our WLAN guest accounts webpage.


Warning: insecure Datatraffic


With or without a guest account, all data traffic in "RWTH-guests" is unencrypted on the air interface. Please configure your applications to use encryption at higher protocol levels, e.g. IMAP/TLS for emails or HTTPS for your surfing, in order to protect your personal data.