georges at trypill.org
Mon Apr 19 18:26:26 CEST 2010
At a syn2cat hackerspace meeting we were recently discussing changing our
WiFi password when the idea came up, “Why not use something like they use for
eduroam at our space?”
For those unfamiliar with eduroam let me quickly introduce it. Eduroam was
initially created in Europe and is now widely used in many international
educational institutions, such as universities and research centers, for free
access to the WiFi network.
Participating institutions have a wireless network called “eduroam” which uses
a flavor of WPA with 802.1x for authentication. In more detail that means they
are running a radius server connected to some user database.
The interesting part about this is though that in each country they have top
level radius servers, which are connected to all institutional radius servers,
and those top level servers are again connected to other country top level
radius servers, allowing users from one institution to log in at another
(participating) institution with their same credentials as they use at their
Our first idea was to have accounts for everybody instead of one shared
password, and those accounts should basically be used from our already
existing account database, we use for our mediawiki.
But then there is one problem. We also host other non-profit organizations at
Do we deny them WiFi access from now on ?
Of course not !
Do we create wiki accounts for all of them ?
Hmmm not a good idea, and needless.
So we went for a database which includes a column marking who is from which
In the past few days I felt the urge to get more into freeradius (the radius
server we use for this) and how they solved various problems at eduroam, and I
thought, why should we use a mixed database for every NPO, when we could
actually include other radius servers for granting access to those
Which inevitably led to a much bigger idea ... why not create a network like
eduroam, but for hackerspaces and similar places ?
Every hackerspace could have a radius server (either self-managed, or hosted)
and link them to other radius servers ultimately allowing hackers around the
world to use their same credentials at any access point connected to this
radius network !
A network we would like to call "h4x0roam".
We are very curious about what other people think about this idea, and we'd
love to have as many hackerspaces and similar places as possible join our
Please help us spread the word and get involved if you are interested !
We are blogging about our progress at: http://www.h4x0roam.org/blog/
And we've set up a mailinglist at: h4x0roam at lists.hackerspace.lu
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