Characteristics and access methods to the ALMAWIFI, the free WiFi wireless connection to the University network.


ALMAWIFI is the name of the University of Bologna web allowing students, professors, researchers, technical and administrative staff, PhD students and collaborators of the University of Bologna to access the Internet and the on-line services of the university directly from their own mobile devices, using a WiFi connection (802.11) to the university network. 


Who can use the service

The service may be used by lecturers, students, technical and administrative staff, researchers, PhD students and accredited collaborators of the University of Bologna.

Service characteristics

To allow easy and widespread access to the ALMAnet network, Internet, and online services, CESIA has created a secure wireless model called ALMAWIFI.

The ALMAWIFI system is accessible only by users with DSA credentials and is based on an encrypted system that, using a WPA2 Enterprise protocol based on AES and PEAP-MS-CHAPv2, protects traffic generated by users.

The more up-to-date systems already contain information for verifying the ALMAWIFI certificate. In any case, the new certification chain USERTrust RSA Certification Authority [.zip 1 KB] can be downloaded using the link Download DER/CRT.
The file is compatible with all operating systems.

Once the certificate has been downloaded, some browsers (eg Mozilla Firefox) will show the message “This certificate is already installed as a certificate authority”. This happens because the browser attempts to install the “USERTrust RSA Certification Authority” certificate. In these cases, users should right-click on the download link and save the certificate inside a local folder and later select it to create the ALMAWIFI profile.

How to access the service

Access to the service is personal and is obtained using personal DSA credentials.

The box on the right shows the general instructions to configure devices and the most popularly used operating systems.