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The Network Access Tokens system to gain new features in March

last modified Mar 03, 2020 02:28 PM
We’re launching a new version of the UIS Network Access Tokens system on Tuesday 10 March that includes several often-requested features and improves security. Users will be able to create a separate token for each device, and IT staff will be able to create tokens for shared institutional devices.

A Network Access Token is a combination of username and password that you can use to connect to the eduroam Wi-Fi network or the UIS Virtual Private Network. We're launching a new version of the system that manages tokens on Tuesday 10 March that enables users to create a separate token for each of their devices, and IT staff to create tokens for shared institutional devices.

Legacy tokens will continue to work

Your original network access tokens will continue to work as before, so there will be no interruption in connectivity and no need to make any changes when the new system is launched. However, you'll no longer be able to see the password for this token when you visit the tokens site.

Passwords will now only be displayed once

To improve security, the randomly generated password associated with a token can only be displayed once. You'll need to ensure you only create tokens when you're ready to use them. Tokens can be reset at any time to generate a new random password if needed.

Creating new tokens for individual devices

The new system will allow you to create a separate token for each device, which will be much more flexible and should make it easier to deal with lost devices. In the past, you'd use the same token across all of your devices. If you lost one device and had to get a new token, you'd need to update the settings on all of your devices. Now you'll be able to generate a token for each device and reset, temporarily suspend or delete them in a simple web interface.

IT staff will be able to create institutional tokens

By popular demand, IT staff will now be able to create tokens for shared devices owned by the institution – that is, devices that aren't owned by an individual and associated with an individual's CRSid. Note that as the devices will be connecting to eduroam, they'll need to support 802.1x authentication (also known as WPA2-Enterprise). MAC address-based registration for devices that can't connect to eduroam should be available later this year.

If you'd like to enable the institutional token functionality for your institution, contact us at .

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