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 11 or newer (Apple phones and tablets). Make sure you have automatic updates selected in Settings and you use a thumbprint, PIN or password to protect it.
  • 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 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 work, you need to password-protect it

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

Wired internet/Ethernet cable

Bring a network/Ethernet cable for your campus bedroom. You need it to use the wired internet especially if you want to bring any of the devices below. It's fast and there's no risk of interference.

Most rooms have one Ethernet socket on the wall. If your room has two, you may need to contact us to switch the second socket on. If you forget your cable, you can ask for one in the Templeman Library.



  • You can use student print/copy/scanners on campus for a small charge.
  • To use your own printer you'll need the cable that connects it to your laptop/PC.
  • When you arrive, turn you printer's Wi-Fi off so it can't slow down your Wi-Fi.

Smart TVs

You need a network/Ethernet cable to get your television online, as your TV can't use campus Wi-Fi. You probably need a TV Licence too.

Smart speakers (Amazon Echo, Google Home) and streaming devices (Firestick, Chromecast)

Your device will only work if it can use the wired network:

  • if it relies on a Wi-Fi it probably won’t work due to network security standards*.
  • if it has a wired connection, contact us with it’s MAC address so we can register it.

* Security standards: it must support WPA2 AES encryption security. Most Wi-Fi devices don’t meet this standard at the time of writing.

Gaming in your Canterbury bedroom

You can play multiplayer games and use online services like Xbox Live using the wired network. Most major consoles will work online if you plug in an Ethernet cable and register your games console (Nintendo consoles will need a LAN adapter).

We can't offer support for using your console on the network; we will register your console on a best-efforts basis. Some services are restricted for security reasons.


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Last Updated: 02/07/2019