Service Summary

802.1x is the recommended method for connecting to campus wireless networks because it is the simplest and most secure way to get online.

802.1x is an authentication framework for both wired and Wi-Fi network access that enables Mason’s networks to automatically identify users’ devices and place them into an appropriate network and security context. 802.1x authentication is required for access to the MASON-SECURE and eduroam wireless networks, which also enables wireless encryption.

Getting This Service

All devices have different configuration interfaces and options, so maintaining a universal step-by-step configuration guide is impractical. Please contact your device vendor for detailed step-by-step instructions.


Some devices (Mac, iOS) will work with the network configuration without additional user configuration. If that’s the case, please skip to the Identity and Password section, below. Regardless of device type, the following parameters need to be set properly to use 802.1x on Mason’s networks.

  • Authentication Method: 802.1x
  • EAP Method: PEAP
  • Inner Authentication Method: MSCHAPV2

Digital Certificates

Mason's authentication system may present you with a certificate that you need to accept and install. If you are not sure if it is the correct certificate, please contact the ITS Support Center. For installation instructions, please refer to manufacturer instructions.

Identity and Password: NetID and Password

You will need to enter your NetID and Patriot Pass Password. Your configuration and credentials are generally stored on your device, though some devices offer the option of requiring the password each time you connect to the network. Be sure to safeguard this information by using a login or unlock mechanism on your device. Some devices have an easy modify option while others require that you “forget” the configuration and start over. Please see your device vendor’s documentation for details.


This service is available 24/7, excluding planned outages, normal maintenance windows, and unavoidable events. Maintenance windows are Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. but may be extended to 2 p.m., if needed. If maintenance is required outside of these hours, it will be announced on the Alerts & Bulletins page.


All users of the George Mason University network must adhere to University Policy Number 1301: Responsible Use of Computing.