Wi-Fi is available for most mobile devices!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I use the wireless Internet at the library?
Most users can simply bring their wireless-enabled laptop computer or other mobile device to the library and turn it on. The computer will automatically recognize the wireless network. If your laptop does not have wireless built-in, you can install a WiFi-compatible network card.
Will I need any special settings or passwords?
There are no passwords required. In many instances, your computer or portable device will automatically detect and connect to the library's wireless network. If your device does not connect right away, make sure that your wireless utility is configured as follows:
- SSID or Network Name:
- WEP or WPA: disabled
- IP or Network Settings: DHCP enabled or obtain an IP address automatically
- DNS: obtain DNS address automatically
- Gateway: no default gateway set - your card should detect it automatically.
- Save your settings and restart computer if necessary.
Can I print from the wireless network?
Yes, printing is available from the wireless network. For more information, see the Wireless Printing page.
Is the wireless network secure? Is it 100% safe for me to send personal information?
No, but wireless networks are not unique in this respect; on all shared networks, whether wired or wireless, users can potentially eavesdrop on each other's data, though it is not usually likely that they will. If you are transferring confidential information (passwords, credit card numbers, online banking information, health data and so on) you are strongly encouraged to use secure web sites (SSL) or other techniques (SSH, VPN) to safeguard your confidentiality. The library cannot ensure the privacy of information you transfer over the wireless network.
We can assure you that connecting your computer to the Internet via a wireless network does not increase your risk of exposure to viruses and other such risks. Wireless hotspots do not produce viruses, which are most often transmitted as attachments to email. It is strongly recommended that all users install and run a virus protection program.
Can the Library help me setup/configure my computer?
Each computer is unique, and we're sorry that we are not able to offer personal technical assistance with your configuration.