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Eduroam (WiFi)

You can use your GFZ account to connect to Eduroam on the GFZ Campus and in other participating institutions and universities. This allows you access to the Internet. On GFZ Campus you are also granted access to the intranet and to central servers.


To use Eduroam you have to activate this service on the Passwords & Services site on the GFZ intranet web site and set a separate password for it.

General information

Parameters to connect to Eduroam.

  • Network name: eduroam
  • Wireless securiry: WPA2-Enterprise
  • Authentication: Protected EAP (PEAP)
  • Inner authentication: EAP-MSCHAPv2
  • Root certificate:USERTrust RSA Certification Authority
  • Username: Your-Login@gfz-potsdam.de
  • Password: Your Eduroam password

Detailed Instructions

Connecting to Eduroam

Click the Wi-Fi icon in the control panel to display all available Wi-Fi networks.

Select 'eduroam' and click 'Connect'. If you do not wish to automatically connect to this Wi-Fi every time, first uncheck 'Connect automatically'.

You have to use your e-mail address as the username: Your-Login@gfz-potsdam.de.

The required password is your eduroam password.

Then click 'Connect'.

Open Network Preferences

In your task bar, click the WLAN symbol and then "Open Network Preferences..."

It is possible to alternatively go to your System Preferences and click "Network"


Make sure that the Wi-Fi section is selected on the left hand side of the screen. Click "Advanced..."


You will see a list of all Wi-Fi networks that you have previously connected to. Below this list, click the "+" button to add a new one.

Configure a Wi-Fi network profile

As the Network Name, type in "eduroam". Choose "WPA/WPA2 Enterprise" from the "Security" drop-down menu. The Mode "Automatic" does not need to be changed.

Enter your username written like this: login@gfz-potsdam.de and your Eduroam password. Click "OK".

Turn Wi-Fi on

To save your configuration click "Apply". Click on "Turn Wi-Fi On". Your computer will try to connect to a WiFi. In case there is more than one WiFi within reach, make sure you really are connected to Eduroam.

It is possible to always connect to Eduroam even if there are other WiFi networks available. This is accomplished by going to the "Advanced..." area and dragging the Eduroam entry further up in the list.

Verify certificate

When establishing a connection for the first time you will be asked to verify the certificate from radius.gfz-potsdam.de.

Clicking on "Show Certificate" will give you more detailed information and should look like this:

Click "Continue" to add this certificate to your Keychain Access. You will be prompted to authorise this change to your system.

Connecting to Eduroam

Choose the wireless network "eduroam" and click on "Connect".

Enter the following parameters.

Wireless security: WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
Authentication: Protected EAP (PEAP)
Anonymous identity: anonymous@gfz-potsdam.de
CA certificate: USERTrust RSA Certification Authority *
PEAP version: Automatic
Inner authentication: MSCHAPv2
Username: Your-login@gfz-potsdam.de
Password: Your Eduroam Password

* Please note: The certificate is located in /etc/ssl/certs.

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