Wired Network

Most of the seats in the six large classrooms in Hazel Hall (120, 121, 221, 225, 329, 332) have Ethernet jacks that provide access to the Internet, as well as electrical outlets for laptops.  There are also ethernet ports and electrical outlets built-in to many of the law library's tables and carrels.  You will need to provide your own standard RJ45 Ethernet cable, but the technology staff in 362 of the law library can loan you one on a short-term basis. The wired network is generally much faster than the wireless network and is highly recommended for students who are taking exams on laptops.

Wireless Networks

PLEASE NOTE:
Before you configure a Mason wireless network on your laptop or wireless device, you may need to change your GMU password. This is especially true if you have not changed your password in the last year. Go to Reset Your Patriot Pass Account and follow the instructions.

Mason's ITS department offers three broadcast wireless networks to the university community:

  • MASON-SECURE is an encrypted wireless network open to Mason faculty, staff, and students only. This network uses 802.1x for authentication and authorization. ITS recommends that all faculty, staff, and student devices that support 802.1x be configured to join this network.

  • eduroam is an encrypted wireless network open to members of the eduroam federation. This network uses 802.1x for authentication and authorization. This network is targeted to eduroam visitors and guests, but is open to the entire Mason community.

  • MASON is an unencrypted wireless network for registered devices and captive portal authentication. This network is targeted to visitors and guests, but is open to the entire Mason community. Via device registration, it supports faculty, staff, and student devices that cannot use 802.1x.

If you need help configuring your computer to use Mason-Secure, please do not hesitate to contact our technology staff: Room 362 Law Library, 703-993-4855; lawsupport@gmu.edu.

Coverage

The wireless network covers all floors in Hazel Hall and Founders' Hall and allows students, faculty, and staff members to use their laptop and other mobile devices to check e-mail and surf the Web without connecting to a wired, Ethernet port. The Mason wireless LAN service is designed to complement the existing Ethernet wired ports. While the service is convenient, wireless is inherently a best effort system due to the limitations of the technology.

Security

For better security and the most feature rich experience at Mason and beyond, ITS recommends everyone configure their devices for 802.1x authentication. To use MASON-SECURE and eduroam, you must configure your device for 802.1x Authentication.

If you are in an area of the building where you are not getting a good wireless connection, when you have an opportunity please send an email with the details including the exact location to lawsupport@gmu.edu.

Recommended Wireless Cards

All Wi-Fi certified 802.11n, 802.11g, and 802.11a products should work with Mason wireless service.

Note: Support for wireless protocol 802.11b has ended.

Other Information

Wireless Networking at GMU
University Policy Number 1302 on Wireless Networking

Questions, Problems?

If you have any questions or need help with your wireless card, please contact Law School Technology Services at 993-4855 or lawsupport@gmu.edu. The Support Center (Room 362 of the Law Library) is generally open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.