Port Networks

About 802.1x

802.1x is an IEEE standard for network access control, supported by most recent operating systems. If you are using a Macintosh, Windows Vista or 7.0, or UNIX, you can use 802.1x to bypass the Port Networks sign-in screen. Using 802.1x will also encrypt all of the data passing between your device and our network, providing an additional level of security.

Mac OSX 10.5/6 (Leopard/Snow Leopard)

From the Airport menu, choose Smart 802.1x @ [Location]. You will be prompted for your Port Networks username and password. Once you enter them, they will be stored in your Network Preferences (System Preferences > Network Preferences > Advanced > 802.1x).

Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion)

From the Airport menu, choose Smart 802.1x @ [Location]. You will be prompted for your Port Networks username and password. Once you enter them, they will be stored in your Network Preferences (System Preferences > Network Preferences > Advanced > 802.1x).

Alternately, you can download a .mobileconfig settings file here.

Windows 7

Connecting using the Network & Sharing Center:

  • Open Manage Wireless Networks by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, clicking Network and Sharing Center, and then, in the left pane, clicking Manage wireless networks.
  • Right-click the network that you want to enable 802.1X authentication for, and then click Properties.
  • Click the Security tab, and then, in the Security Type list, click 802.1X.
  • In the Encryption Type list, click Wi‑Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption.
  • In the Choose a network authentication method list, click the method you want to use.

To configure additional settings, click Settings.

Windows Vista

Connecting using the Windows Vista Zero Configuration Utility:

  • Click the Start button, then click Connect To Choose Smart 802.1X @ [Name of Building], then click Connect
  • A pop-up will ask you to Enter/select additional information, enter your user name (e.g. henry@portnetworks.net) and password
  • Leave the Logon Domain field empty, then click OK
  • You will be asked to Validate Server Certificate, click OK
  • When you see the message "Successfully connected to Smart 802.1X," click the two checkboxes for Save this network and Start this connection automatically
  • If you are asked to select a location for this connection, click Home