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 Network - Mason -Secure
Before you configure the Mason-Secure 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.
The University's IT Department has rolled-out a new wireless network
called Mason-Secure: http://wireless.gmu.edu/Mason-Secure.
Once you set this network up on your laptop (or mobile device), you
will not have to keep logging in all the time from a web page like
you do with the current Mason wireless network. You will configure
the network once, and then you should stay logged in until you
change your password or possibly download a major service pack. Our
staff has been testing Mason-Secure on a variety of computers, and
we recommend that you give it a try. The older, browser-based Mason network will remain
in place for the forseeable future.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow these instructions:
- Click to select the "MASON-SECURE" wireless network from the list of available networks
- At the login prompt, enter your PatriotPass username and password.
- Click continue at the "Verify Certificate" prompt.
- You will then see another prompt asking for your laptop's username and password in order to make changes to your certificate trust settings.
- Wait a few seconds for connection to be established before you attempt to connect to a website.
If you are unable to establish a connection using the steps listed
above, you will have to connect to the old "Mason" wireless network
and go to the following website, http://wireless.gmu.edu/Mason-Secure/Mac and download and
run the Mac Auto-config file located in the middle of the page. This
file will automate the installation of the certificate.
Windows 8 Users
If you have tried to connect to Mason-Secure and were unable to, please have your system "Forget this Network."Once that is done, follow the instructions available for Windows 7 to configure your connection to Mason-Secure.
Windows 7 Users
Follow these instructions carefully: http://wireless.gmu.edu/Mason-Secure/Win/win7.html
Please note: Under STEP 4: Security Settings: Choose "WPA2-Enterprise". The other option (802.1x) does not seem to work on the laptops that we have tested. ITU is working on a easy-to-use configuration file similar to the one for the Mac.
Windows Vista Users:
Follow these instructions: http://wireless.gmu.edu/Mason-Secure/Win/vista.html.
Windows XP Users:
Follow these instructions: http://wireless.gmu.edu/Mason-Secure/Win/win_xp.html.
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 current limitations of the technology. In 2007, Cisco Systems was chosen as the standard for wireless coverage. The system supports 802.11g and n. In order to use the wireless network, you need a wireless card that is either 802.11g or 802.11n compatible and a GMU email email account.
Access to the wireless network is limited to authorized GMU users through a secure authentication system that requires that users log-in using their GMU email account. The older, web-based Mason wireless network does not use WEP or any other encryption, so it is possible that information transmitted over the network can be intercepted by others. This is also true of the law school's public wired network. Websites having a URL that starts with “https://” are generally safe to use, since the data stream is encrypted with SSL. However, you should check the name and expiration date of the site’s certificate to make sure it is valid (click on the padlock icon at the bottom of your browser). The new Mason-Secure network is encrypted for increased security with a security standard known as 802.1X.
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 email@example.com.
Make sure that your card is Wi-Fi certified by going to this site: Wi-Fi Alliance Certified Product Listing. All Wi-Fi certified 802.11g & 802.11n products should work with Mason wireless service.
Note: Support for wireless protocol 802.11b has ended, as it the band with the lowest speed band and as a result interferes with the connection speed of all other bands ("G" and "N").
For more information, go to http://wireless.gmu.edu.
How to Set-Up Your Wireless Connection
See Mason Public Network at http://wireless.gmu.edu for complete information.
If you have any questions or need help with your wireless card, please contact Law School Computing Support at 993-4855 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Computing Services Support Center (Room 362 of the Law Library) is generally open M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.