The library provides wireless access for users with their own laptop computers equipped with wireless network cards meeting the WiFi standards IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11N (draft). 

How to access the wireless network: 

* IMPORTANT:   You may need to change you network settings in order to access this wireless network. Make sure you write down and save your current settings BEFORE  you change them, should you want to return your laptop to its default settings. These changes may affect your ability to access the Internet in another setting (home or office). Library staff cannot assist you in making changes to your network settings. If you are not comfortable making these changes yourself or need assistance, please do not try to use this service. 

Our wireless network has four access points: Apple Network 5bfa11, AVONLIBCOMROOM, AVONLIBREFDESK, and AVONLIBPACS. The network is set to broadcast its SSID. So, if your network card is set to automatically connect to any available network, your laptop should see these bases and automatically connect, defaulting to the one with the strongest signal.

If your laptop is not set to automatically connect to any available networks or if your laptop is not set to see this network, open up the wireless connection and highlight the base with the strongest signal.

To access the internet, your wireless connection needs to be set to obtain an IP address automatically and obtain DNS Server address automatically. If your home or office internet connection uses settings different from these, you will need to change them. These settings are found in the Network Control Panel in Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/7, in the TCP/IP Control Panel in Mac OS 9 or earlier, and in the Network Control Panel of the System Preferences in Mac OS X*.

The Internet is an unsecured public communications network, which means that there can be untrusted parties between you and anybody you communicate with. WiFi poses the same risks to your personal information that a wired network poses, as well as some new risks. WiFi users need to educate themselves about these risks and take steps to secure their personal information. Cautious and informed WiFi users should choose not to transmit their credit card information and passwords while using any WiFi “HOT SPOT.” As with most public wireless “HOT SPOTS,” this connection is not secure. Potentially, any information being sent or received could be intercepted by another wireless user.  Please take appropriate precautions when using this service. The library will not be responsible for any information, hardware, or software that is compromised.

The Library does not provide e-mail services via the wireless connection.

Printers are not available via the wireless connection.  If you need to print, save to a flash drive or floppy disk and use one of the public workstations to print.

Getting Connected:

   




 

To configure your network card to communicate with the library's wireless network the default settings will usually suffice. If you need to configure your card, use the following settings:

 

 

The SSID should be set to avonpl WEP=WEP encryption is disabled.

 

   

Set the network mode to infrastructure, not adhoc.

 

   

The final step in using the wireless network is to switch your computer over to DHCP. 

Windows 98
Network Settings:

  1. From Control Panel, select Network.
  2. Locate the TCP/IP protocol and get into its Properties. If more than one TCP/IP protocol is listed, look for the one associated with your wireless adapter.
  3. For IP Address, select "Obtain an IP address automatically."
  4. For DNS, select " Obtain DNS Server address automatically."

Windows 2000 & XP
Network Settings:

  1. From Control Panel, select "Network and Dial-up Connections" or "Network and Internet Connections > Internet Connections."
  2. Right-click on "Wireless Network Connection" or "Local Area Connection" and click Properties.
  3. Locate the Internet TCP/IP protocol and get into its Properties. If more than one TCP/IP protocol is listed, look for the one associated with your wireless adapter.
  4. Select "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically."
  5. For XP, right click on "Wireless Network Connection" and select "View Available Wireless Networks." Select the name of the wireless network available at the library and click "Connect." Please ask library staff for network name.

Windows NT
Network Settings:

  1. From Control Panel, select Network.
  2. Locate the TCP/IP protocol and get into its Properties. If more than one TCP/IP protocol is listed, look for the one associated with your wireless adapter.
  3. Select "Obtain an IP address from a DHCP server" and click OK.

Windows 7
Network Settings:

  1. From the Start menu, click on "Control Panel"
  2. Click on "Network and Internet"
  3. Click on "Network and Sharing Center"
  4. Click on "Change Adapter Settings" 
  5. To check that your wireless adapter is turned on: Right-click on "Wireless Network Connection" and select "Enable." 
  6. For automatic IP configuration and automatic DNS configuration: Right-click on "Wireless Network Connection" and select "Properties." Highlight "Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4)" and click on "Properties."
  7. In the General Tab: select "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically."
  8. In the Alternate Configuration tab: select "Automatic private IP."
  9. Click "OK" to close.
  10. To connect to our wireless network: Right click on "Wireless Network Connection" and select "Connect/Disconnect"
  11. In the box that opens up at the bottom right corner: Highlight the SSID (Wireless access points) with the strongest signal (for example, "AVONLIBPACS") and click "Connect."

Macintosh (OS 8 & 9)
Network Settings:

  1. Select: Apple Menu > Control Panel > TCP/IP.
  2. Connect via "AirPort" or other wireless (WiFi) ethernet.
  3. Configure "Using DHCP Server."
  4. Leave Name Server and Additional Search domains blank.

Macintosh (OS X)

Network Settings:

  1. Select: Apple Menu > System Preferences > Network button.
  2. Select TCP/IP tab and Configure "Using DHCP."
  3. Above the TCP/IP tab, you may need to Configure via "AirPort" or other wireless (WiFi) ethernet.
  4. Leave Domain Name Servers and Search Domains blank.
     

 

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