We recognise the importance of providing our students with the type of networked computing environment they can expect to work in after graduating. A programme of continual improvement ensures that both hardware and software are the latest industry standard, providing our students with one of the best common ICT platforms of any UK university
Although we have an impressive 800 student PCs, we also appreciate that students increasingly need access to networked information resources anytime and from anywhere. We provide students with secure access, both on and off-campus, to coursework, electronic teaching and learning materials, exam results, timetables and a variety of other information and services, much of which is personalised. Our wireless network is available throughout the campus enabling mobile access to resources from a wide range of personal devices.
University staff are continually developing innovative ways of using technology to support teaching and learning through our virtual learning environment, including e-portfolios, podcasts, streaming media and online discussion groups and quizzes. In our physical classrooms and laboratories, a number of classrooms now offer interactive technology to improve the overall learning experience for students and staff.
The JANET Roaming Service (JRS, also known as eduroam) is a free wireless Internet service that allows users from any participating institution (mostly in UK higher education) to log on at any other participating institution using their home credentials such as username and password.
Eduroam separates the network connection from authentication. You gain access through the wireless network where you are, but must be authorised by your home institution. The local network equipment passes your username and password through to your home institution which can choose to accept or reject them.
The eduroam service forwards any authentication request to your home institution (such as another UK university) so you should be able to get onto the Internet from Abertay if that home institution is a member of the JRS scheme.
The only requirement when connecting to eduroam locally is a wireless network client which supports the authentication protocol required by your home institution (such as EAP/TTLS or EAP/PEAP). Most recent Windows and Macintosh and Linux systems should work, as will some other devices. The domain name of your home institution must also be specified when authenticating.
Before you try to log on to the Internet at Abertay you should find out if your home institution supports authentication from external institutions participating in the JRS eduroam service.
You will need to connect to their wireless network but then use your Abertay username, password and domain name (UAD) to get access to the Internet.
It might be helpful to set up your laptop or other mobile device to use the eduroam service here first, so that you are sure you can connect and know which username and password to use. If you can connect to one JRS organisation you should be able to connect to all of them.
JRS guest network services will offer the following access to services: