What is wireless?
Wireless, also known as WI-FI, provides Internet access using radio frequency signals to exchange information between your device and the Internet. No cables are required. You can bring your own laptop to the Library and use the Library’s Internet connection from anywhere within the range of the wireless signal, known as a hot spot.
Where is wireless available?
Wireless access is available anywhere within the Library during operating hours.
You will need to bring your own laptop or wireless device and it must be compatible with 802.11b or 802.11g wireless networks. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library’s wireless system. The Library does not provide wireless cards or laptops for public use.
No waiting for an available public computer; no enforced time limits; save files to your own system; work anywhere in the Library; high speed access.
Printing is not currently available via the wireless connection.
Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect to the wireless?
Since I am using my own equipment, do the general rules about computer use still apply to me?
Yes. Any activities deemed illegal apply to you whether or not you are on a Library-owned computer or your own computer. All users are required to use the Library’s wireless access in a legal and responsible manner in accordance with the Library’s internet policy.Can the Library help me configure my equipment?
No. Everyone’s computer is different and you are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment.
Limitations and Disclaimers
As with most wireless hot spots, the Library’s wireless network is not secure and you use it at your own risk. Even if you are running firewalls on your laptop, the Library recommends that you not send sensitive information through this network. Cautious and informed wireless users should not transmit personal information (credit card numbers, passwords, etc.) while using any hot spot. Library staff are not able to provide technical assistance and the Library cannot guarantee that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
Depending on your version of software, the procedures for connection may vary. If you are having trouble connecting to the wireless network, turn off your device and restart it again. 802.11a compliancy does not work with the Library’s wireless configuration. If this is what you currently have, you may want to consider updating your wireless card.