|Wireless Internet connectivity is available at all of our branch libraries. Access is free and available 24 hours a day.
Some things to remember if you use this service:
Security. The wireless connection is not secure. No encryption is employed. This means that it is possible for your transmissions to be intercepted. Conducting financial transactions over this connection is not advised.
Safety. The Internet can be a hostile environment, therefore users are strongly advised to employ appropriate protection, including a firewall and up-to-date antivirus and anti-spyware software. The library is not responsible for any damage your laptop may suffer while using this connection.
Settings. Some configuration of your laptop may be necessary to use a library’s wireless connection. A few instructions are provided below. However, configuring your machine is your own responsibility, not the library’s. (After all, it is your laptop.) If you do change any settings, don’t forget to restore them after you’ve finished.
Email. Only web-based email is possible.
Printing. If you want to print something out, you’ll have to save it to disk and print it out at home, or book a computer at the library during open hours.
Sound. When using your laptop within the library, you must use headphones or mute the sound.
Feedback. If you have comments or suggestions, please let us know by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you encountered difficulties, please include the following information:
- time and date
- library location
- your laptop’s operating system
- make and model of your wireless card
- nature of the problem
Getting connected may take place automatically. Launch your Internet browser and you'll be presented with a webpage that recounts a brief summary of the conditions for using the connection. Click the login button and begin surfing.
If your laptop does not automatically connect, navigate to Network Connections. There are a number of ways to do this, depending on which version of the Start menu you're using. Begin by going to either Start > Settings or Start > Control Panel.
Double-click the Network Connections icon, then right-click the Wireless Connection icon and select "View all Available Networks." You will be presented with a window that invites you to choose a wireless network. Select the "Library Public Access" entry and click the "Connect" button.
If you still can't connect, make sure your laptop is set to receive an IP address automatically. Once again go to Network Connections and right-click the Wireless Connection icon, but this time select "Properties." Make sure the General tab is selected. Click once on "Internet Protocol TCP/IP" then click the "Properties" button. Make sure the "Obtain IP address automatically" button is selected.
If you still can't connect or have other connectivity problems, move to a different spot and try again. Wireless signals can be blocked or diminished by distance or dense structures. You can also doublecheck your wireless adapter's settings and make sure they match those given at the bottom of this page.
For further information refer to Microsoft's Knowledge Base article 313242, "How to troubleshoot wireless network connections in Windows XP." You can access Microsoft's Knowledge Base at: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx
Launch the software program that came with your wireless adapter. Make sure your settings match those given below.
Go to Start > Run, type winipcfg and click the "OK" button. In the window that appears, make sure your wireless adapter is selected in the drop-down box. Click the "Release All" button, then the "Renew All" button. Click "OK" to close the window.
Now launch your browser and you'll be presented with a webpage that recounts a brief summary of the conditions for using the connection. Click the login button and begin surfing.
|| 2.4 GHz *
|| Library Public Access
* compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g, but not 802.11a