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Dot1x Wireless Network

What is dot1x?

Dot1x, or properly known as 802.1x, is an IEEE standard for network authentication. Devices that support dot1x allow you to configure them to automatically provision and connect to the wireless network without the need to launch a web browser to login each time. When you are within range of a dot1x network, your device will automatically connect and authenticate without you needing to manually login.

This is not only convenient, but it will help you save on your 3G/4G data plans.

Most laptops, tablets and smartphone support 802.1x. These include Windows XP/Vista/7/8, MacOS X, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, and Android phones & tables. Devices such as gaming consoles (PS3/Xbox/Wii/Wii-U), portable gaming devices (PSP/PS Vita/DS/3DS) as well as smart TVs, BluRay players and Roku boxes don’t support 802.1x at this time.


Configuring Dot1x

To configure your device, open its network preferences, select the TCNJ-SETUP-WIRELESS network. After you are connected, open your web browser, and you should be presented with a page that starts the configuration wizard.

Proceed through the wizard. Take note of which username and password it is asking for. While you will need to provide your TCNJ username and password during the configuration, it may also ask you for your local username and password so that the wizard can make changes to your device such as installing a security certificate or updating your network preferences.

If you have trouble with the configuration wizard, try running it again. There is no harm in running it multiple times. In fact, if you have wireless configuration problems in the future, the first thing you should do is re-run the wizard.

The new TCNJ-SETUP-WIRELESS and TCNJ-DOT1X will replace the current Wireless-at-TCNJ3 network after the Spring 2013 semester. You should make the transition to the new dot1x wireless network before May 15, 2013.

For further assistance, contact one of the following support teams:

Faculty & Staff: Help Desk – helpdesk@tcnj.edu, call 609-771-2660 or visit Green Hall Room 6
Students: ResNet – call 609-771-3138 for visit Green Hall Room 18


Known Issues

Android devices require special configuration.  See the Configuring XpressConnect on Android Devices page for details.

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