Wireless Access Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to access the Library’s wireless network?
You need a wireless device. If you are using a laptop computer, you need a wireless network card. Some laptops come with an internal card already configured. If you need to install a card, follow the manufacturer’s directions.
What type of network?
The Library’s network is an 802.11b standard. You will need an 802.11b compatible device. Wireless devices with 802.11g standard are backwards compatible and should work with the Library’s network.
What are the minimum requirements for my laptop (PC and Apple)?
You are limited only by the wireless network card you buy. The drivers and software to operate the card must be compatible with your system. See the card’s packaging and documentation for compatibility and minimum requirements.
- SSID or Network Name: select the access point that has the library name you are in and has the strongest signal (some libraries have more than one access point).
- WEP: 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
- Close settings and restart computer if necessary
If there are too many users, will I be blocked from using the wireless network?
A pool of resources has been set aside large enough to accommodate users at the library. You will not be “blocked” from accessing the network because of too many users.
What speed is the Internet connection?
The Library has a 5MB or 10MB fiber connection depending on which library you are in. However, as with any Internet connection, your speed may fluctuate greatly due to heavy traffic on the Internet at different times of day.
Can I download large files?
The bandwidth available for the wireless Internet connection is shared with all others in the library. To show consideration for others’ needs, we ask that you not download excessively large files, use peer-to-peer file sharing programs, or access streaming audio/video.