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XpressConnect

Virginia Tech provides the XpressConnect service to simplify connecting to eduroam at Virginia Tech. When a student, faculty, or staff connects a wireless-enabled device to the campus network for the first time, the Cloudpath XpressConnect wizard will provide steps to authenticate the user, configure the device, and quickly connect to the secure eduroam wireless network; after the device's initial configuration and connection, each subsequent connection to eduroam will be automatically authenticated and connected.

To access the eduroam wireless network, you will need to initially authenticate using your PID and network password. XpressConnect will assist you in obtaining your network password by directing you to the instructions at the Change Network Password KB page.

Virginia Tech believes that achieving good security should not be a painful and laborious process. XpressConnect is a software utility developed by Cloudpath Networks to provide automatic configuration of client machines to connect to 802.1x networks. 802.1x technology is used at Virginia Tech to authenticate users of the eduroam wireless network before allowing them to connect to the network. 802.1x provides increased security by encrypting network traffic between the device and the wireless access point. Connecting to 802.1x networks, such as eduroam, often requires complex configurations, including the installation of certificates on the device accessing the network. The XpressConnect wizard simplifies this connection process, minimizes wireless configuration errors, and ensures reliable network connections.

For more information about how XpressConnect works on your device, refer to its operating system below:

PC

  • Installs CA certificates
  • Verifies that Security Center/Action Center is enabled
  • Verifies that Windows Auto Update is enabled
  • Verifies that the firewall is enabled
  • Verifies that antivirus is present
  • Verifies that the computer clock is correct

Mac / iOS

  • Installs CA certificates
  • Verifies that Software Updates is enabled
  • Verifies that the firewall is enabled
  • Verifies that the computer clock is correct

Ubuntu

  • Installs CA certificates
  • Verifies that Network Manager is enabled
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