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Wireless Networks FAQs

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Q:What do I need to access the Library’s wireless network?

Laptop with a wireless connection that supports at least 802.11B.

Q: What kind of wireless card do I need?

Your library has an 802.11G (54Mbps) wifi network which is also compatible with 802.11B (11Mbps). 802.11N is not yet supported.

Q: What are the minimum requirements for my laptop (PC and Apple)?

Your library has an 802.11G (54Mbps) wifi network which is also compatible with 802.11B (11Mbps). 802.11N is not yet supported.

Q: What settings do I use?

You will need to have DHCP enabled for your IP address and DNS server. There are no passwords or keys to enter.

Q: 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.

Q:What speed is the Internet connection?

The Library has either a 5Mbps or 10Mbps connection, depending on the size of the library. However as with any Internet connection, your speed may fluctuate greatly due to heavy traffic on the Internet at different times of day.

Q: From where can I access the Library’s wireless network?

The network is accessible anywhere in the library.

Q: Is the wireless network secure?

No, the library offers a free and open public wifi network so anyone can connect. There are no passwords or keys needed. Any information transmitted or received from your laptop is not encrypted by the wireless network. It is important that sites that you log into or send sensitive information to use HTTPS. Please becareful about sending any sensitive information as this is a public wireless network.

Does the library have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for the wireless network?

Yes. The Library uses best efforts to ensure network security. Nevertheless, the user assumes all responsibility for the use of the Library's network, including interference with the user's data, laptops or other devices. The Library is not liable for the loss or compromise of any confidential or sensitive, or any other information, nor for any and all damages resulting from that loss or compromise.

Q: 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.




Important notice to Wireless users:

The wireless user is responsible for protecting his/her laptop from viruses and other Internet threats through the use of antivirus software and personal firewall software.  Such steps are highly recommended.  No such protection is offered by the library's wireless connection.