Connecting to Eduroam on Nokia 5800

This is a quick guide to setup Eduroam at Monash University in order to be able to access free internet from a Symbian S60v5 device such as the Nokia 5800. 

Nokia's OS did not support WPA-TTLS/PAP authentication until recently, so Eduroam was out of bounds for most Nokia users. They have heard the users pleas and introduced PAP in their firmware v.40.0.005. Currently, the latest firmware version v.500.0.005 also supports PAP. 

Updating phone to the latest firmware
To check the firmware version of your phone, use the dialer and type *#0000#. It will bring up a screen with details of the phone's software. The first entry is the version. 

In case your phone does not have the latest firmware, the first step in setting up Eduroam is to install the latest version of the firmware. The latest version of Nokia ovi suite is the easiest method to install the latest firmware. Start the ovi suite and connect the phone to the computer via USB. Then select software updates from the tools menu. Follow the prompts will update both the phone and the ovi suite. 

Setting up Eduroam access point.
  1. Go to settings->Connectivity->Destinations->Internet
  2. Select Options->New Access point
  3. You will be asked whether to automatically select available access points. Select Yes.
  4. Then select Wireless LAN, which should bring up 'eduroam' as an option.
  5. Select eduroam and you should see eduroam as an access point. 
  6. Select Options->Edit to edit security settings.
  7. Make sure WLAN security mode is set to "WPA/WPA2"
  8. Double tap on "WLAN security settings"
  9. Make sure WPA/WPA2 is set to "EAP" and WPA2 only mode is set to "Off"
  10. Double tap on EAP plug-in settings
  11. There should be two items selected. First select EAP-TTLS by double tapping it.
  12. Disable all other items by selecting them and going to options->Disable
  13. Double tap on EAP-TTLS should bring you to EAP-TTLS settings page
  14. Make sure both personal certificate is "Not defined"
  15. Select "Thawte Premium Server .." certificate for authority certificate. They are not alphabetically ordered, it should be towards the end)
  16. Set "username in use" to "User defined"
  17. Set user name to <authcate_username> (replace <authcate_username with your username)
  18. Set "Realm in use" to "User defined" 
  19. Leave realm as blank.
  20. TLS privacy should be off
  21. Tap on the top arrow to change tab. Should be just left of "Settings" heading
  22. Make sure only PAP is selected. Disable all others by going to options->disable
  23. Tap on PAP and you should get to the PAP settings page.
  24. Type in <authcate_username> for the user name (replace <authcate_username with your username)
  25. Type in your password in the password field.
  26. You are done
  27. Keep hitting back till you arrive at the settings page and click exit.
  28. You should now be able to user "eduroam" as the internet connection and save your 3G internet quota.
Testing Eduroam Connection

After following the instructions to setup the eduroam connection, it can be tested by connecting to it. 
  1. Go to settings->Connectivity->Wireless LAN.
  2. The wireless LANs screen should bring up a list of connections of which the first one should be eduroam. Click on it and select "Start web browsing". 
  3. If the connection was set up correctly, the web browser should fire up and you should be able to browse the web using the eduroam network. 


After I installed the latest firmware, I couldn't select EAP-TTLS after creating a new access point. The connection application would crash everytime. So I had to do a hard reset to get it to work. Hard rest can be performed by;
  1. Turning off the handset.
  2. Press and hold the, Green key, Red key + Camera Key and press the On button.
  3. See this page for further details.