WiFi at Kent


What IT to bring to campus


Phones, tablets or laptops

These brands and models meet our security requirements:

Phones and tablets

To be able to connect to eduroam (University Wi-Fi) your device needs to meet our security requirements and offer WPA2 Enterprise/AES encryption.

Most devices meet these standards. To make sure your does, bring a device that has one of these operating systems and has anti-virus protection:

  • iOS 10 or newer (Apple phones and tablets). You should also use a PIN or password.
  • Android 7 or newer (Google, Samsung, some HTC and other phone/tablet brands like Kindle Fire). You should also use a PIN or password. Enable Encryption in Settings, under Security and Location.
  • Windows 10 (Nokia, and some HTC phones). You should also use a PIN or password.

IOn all your devices check settings and ensure that you're getting automatic updates, and that your operating system is still supported.

Advice on free anti-virus protection


Laptops, Macs and PCs

Only secure and supported operating systems are allowed on our network:

  • Windows 7, 8.1, 10 and RT 8.1.
  • Mac OS 10.12 and newer. Make sure that Filevault is enabled.
  • Linux may work but we can't provide user support.

Your PC/laptop needs current anti-virus software with regular system updates

Staff: if you use a laptop for University business, you need to encrypt it

You can borrow a Windows laptop in the Templeman Library and Drill Hall Library.

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Canterbury campus residents

You need a network/Ethernet cable

Bring a network/Ethernet cable to use the wired internet in your bedroom.

Wired internet is essential for studying, watching TV or gaming (see our games consoles advice). It's fast and reliable as there's no risk of interference.

If you forget to bring a cable with you, you can ask for one at the IT & Library Support Desk in the Templeman Library.

TVs and other smart devices

To use the internet on your TV you'll need a network/Ethernet cable. You need your own TV licence to cover your room.

Other devices such as smart speakers and games consoles can only be connected to the wired network:

  • if your device relies on a Wi-Fi connection it probably won’t work due to the security standards of our network.
  • if it can use our wired network, contact us with it’s MAC address and we will try to register it.

To meet our security standards it must support WPA2 AES encryption security – most Wi-Fi devices don’t meet this standard at the time of writing.

Do I need my own printer?

You can use student print/copy/scanners on campus for a small charge. If you want to use a printer in a campus bedroom, you'll need its cable to connect it to your laptop/PC as you can't connect it using campus Wi-Fi.

To connect your own printer it needs to use our wired network.

Do I need special software?

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Last Updated: 06/12/2018