Wireless Internet Access (WiFi)

The Library has provided wireless network service to connect your personal laptop to the World Wide Web while at your public library. All you need is a laptop, wireless adaptor and web browser. There are three steps that you will need to follow in order to connect your wireless device to the library’s wireless network.

Please be aware that this is not a secure network. It may be possible for personal data to be lost, damaged, or stolen while connected to the wireless network. Please refer to the Library’s Internet Use Policy.

Wireless Printing at the Library

Printing from your laptop is now available at our library using our wireless network. To take advantage of this new feature, please click on one of the pictures below to download the client for your computer’s operating system.

Windows Client Mac Client

Windows 2000 Connection Instructions

STEP 1: Set up DHCP
*If you know that your computer is setup to automatically obtain an IP address, you may skip to step 2.

  1. Select Start
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Network and Dial-up Connections
  4. Network and Dial-up Connections box will appear
  5. Select the Local Area Connections Icon
  6. Local Area Connection Status box will appear
  7. Click on Properties
  8. Local Area Connections Properties box will appear
  9. Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
  10. Click on Properties
  11. The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties box will appear
  12. Click on Obtain an IP address automatically
  13. Click on Obtain DNS server address automatically
  14. Close out all windows by clicking OK

Your computer is now configured for DHCP.

NOTE: If you have an Internet service that you often connect to that uses DHCP you will not have to set up this service, but your laptop may have retained that IP address in its files. To get a new IP address through DHCP you will need to release and renew the IP address.

To Release and Renew IP Addresses:

  1. Go to a command prompt. In order to get a command prompt, click start and
    choose run. In the “open:” line, type “cmd“.
    A black box will open with a command prompt inside it.
  2. At the command prompt, In order to get a command prompt, click start and
    choose run. In the “open:” line, type “cmd“.
    A black box will open with a command prompt inside it.
  3. At the command prompt, type: Ipconfig /release – You
    should get a notice that the address has been released.
  4. Now you need to get a number from the library network. At the command
    prompt, type: Ipconfig /renew – After a brief time, you
    should be notified that you have a new IP address associated with your NIC
    card. Once you have received a library IP address, proceed to the browser
    configuration instructions.

*You must have administrative rights to your computer in order to release or renew your IP address.


STEP 2: Setup wireless client
*If your client auto detects the library wireless network, you may skip to step 3.

Library should provide settings for connecting clients to the access points (SSID information)..


STEP 3: Setup browser proxy settings in Internet Explorer
(note: by default IE sets the LAN settings – automatic configuration to”Automatically detect settings” enabled)

1. Open Internet Explorer
2. On the IE menu bar,
click Tools, then Internet Options.
3. Under the Internet Option dialog box, click the Connections tab
and then the LAN settings button.
4. In the LAN
settings
dialog box, click “Automatically detect settings”
5. Click OK twice.
6. Close Internet Explorer and re-open Internet Explorer.

If STEP 3 does not work, proceed to STEP 4

STEP 4: Setup browser proxy settings in Internet Explore

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. On the IE menu bar, click Tools, then Internet Options
  3. Under the Internet Option dialog box, click the Connections tab and then the LAN settings button.
  4. In the LAN settings dialog box, click “Use a proxy server
    for your LAN”
  5. Enter 10.50.0.20 in the Address: field and 8080 into the Port: field (You may need to uncheck the Use automatic configuration script box)
  6. Click OK twice

NOTE: If you have installed a Personal Firewall System (PFS) you need to be sure that your PFS is not blocking Internet Access. You may need to authorize access while you are using the connection. Please refer to your vendor’s documentation for instructions on how to do this.


Windows XP

There are only three steps that you will need to follow in order to connect using Windows XP your wireless device to the library’s wireless network.

Step 1: Set up DHCP
Step 2:
Setup wireless client
Step 3: Setup browser proxy settings in Internet Explorer

 

STEP 1: Set up DHCP – *If you know that your computer is setup to automatically obtain an IP address, you may skip to step 2.

  1. Select Start — Control Panel — Network Connections (depending on the view set up, this might also be labeled Network and Internet Connections.)
  2. Right click Local Area Connection, then click Properties
  3. In the General information tab, make sure that Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is checked and highlighted, then click Properties.
  4. On this screen, make sure that the “Obtain an IP address automatically” radio button is selected.  The “Obtain DNS server address automatically” should also be selected.
  5. Click OK on all the opened windows to  close them.
  6. Restart your computer if prompted.

Your computer is now configured for DHCP.

NOTE: If you have an Internet service that you often connect to that uses DHCP you will not have to set up this service, but your laptop may have retained that IP address in its files. To get a new IP address through DHCP you will need to release and renew the IP address.

To Release and Renew IP Addresses:

  1. Go to a command prompt. In order to get a command prompt, click start and
    choose run. In the “open:” line, type “cmd“. A black box will open with a command prompt inside it.
  2. At the command prompt, type: Ipconfig /release – You should get a notice that the address has been released.
  3. Now you need to get a number from the library network. At the command prompt, type: Ipconfig /renew – After a brief time, you should be notified that you have a new IP address associated with your NIC card. Once you have received a library IP address, proceed to the browser configuration instructions.

*You must have administrative rights to your computer in order to release or renew your IP address.


STEP 2: Setup wireless client – *If your client auto detects the library wireless network, you may skip to step 3.

Library should provide settings for connecting clients to the access points.


STEP 3: Setup browser proxy settings in Internet Explorer (note: by default IE sets the LAN settings – automatic configuration to “Automatically detect settings” enabled)

1. Open Internet Explorer
2. On the IE menu bar, click Tools, then Internet Options.
3.Under the Internet Option dialog box, click the Connections tab and then the LAN settings button.
4. In the LAN settings dialog box, click “Automatically detect settings”
5. Click OK twice.
6. Close Internet Explorer and re-open Internet Explorer.

If STEP 3 does not work, proceed to STEP 4

STEP 4: Setup browser proxy settings in Internet
Explorer

1. Open Internet Explorer
2. On the IE menu bar,
click Tools, then Internet Options.
3. Under the Internet Option dialog box, click the Connections tab and then the LAN settings button.
4. In the LAN settings dialog box, click “Use a proxy server for your LAN”
5. Enter 10.50.0.20 in the Address: field and
8080 into the Port: field (You may need to uncheck the Use automatic configuration script box)
6. Click OK twice.

NOTE: If you have installed a Personal Firewall System (PFS) you need to be sure that your PFS is not blocking Internet Access. You may need to authorize access while you are using the connection. Please refer to your vendor’s documentation for instructions on how to do this.


Windows 98

There are only three steps that you will need to follow in order to connect your wireless device to the library’s wireless network.

Step 1: Set up DHCP
Step 2: Setup wireless client
Step 3: Setup browser proxy settings in Internet Explorer

 

STEP 1: Set up DHCP – *If you know that your computer is setup to automatically obtain an IP address, you may skip to step 2.

  1. Select Start
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Control Panel
  4. Control Panel box will appear
  5. Select Network
  6. Network Box will appear
  7. Select the NIC card you are using under TCP/IP
  8. Click on the card in use and then click on Properties
  9. TCP/IP Properties box will appear
  10. Click on the IP Address tab
  11. Click on Obtain an IP address automatically
  12. Close out all windows by clicking OK

Your computer is now configured for DHCP.

NOTE: If you have an Internet service that you often connect to that uses DHCP you will not have to set up this service, but your laptop may have retained that IP address in its files. To get a new IP address through DHCP you will need to release and renew the IP address.

To Release and Renew IP Addresses:

  1. Go to a command prompt. In order to get a command prompt, click start and
    choose run. In the “open:” line, type “cmd“. A black box will open with a command prompt inside it.
  2. At the command prompt, type: Ipconfig /release – Youshould get a notice that the address has been released.
  3. Now you need to get a number from the library network. At the command prompt, type: Ipconfig /renew – After a brief time, you should be notified that you have a new IP address associated with your NIC card. Once you have received a library IP address, proceed to the browser
    configuration instructions.

*You must have administrative rights to your computer in order to release or renew your IP address.


STEP 2: Setup wireless client – *If your client auto detects the library wireless network, you may skip to step
3.Library should provide settings for connecting clients to the access points.


STEP 3: Setup browser proxy settings in Internet Explorer (note: by default IE sets the LAN settings – automatic configuration to “Automatically detect settings” enabled)

1. Open Internet Explorer
2. On the IE menu bar,
click Tools, then Internet Options.
3. Under the Internet Option dialog box, click the Connections tab
and then the LAN settings button.
4. In the LAN settings dialog box, click “Automatically detect settings”
5. Click OK twice.
6. Close Internet Explorer and re-open Internet Explorer.

If STEP 3 does not work, proceed to STEP 4

STEP 4: Setup browser proxy settings in Internet Explorer

1. Open Internet Explorer
2. On the IE menu bar, click Tools, then Internet Options.
3. Under the Internet Option dialog box, click the Connections tab and then the LAN settings button.
4. In the LAN settings dialog box, click “Use a proxy server for your LAN”
5. Enter 10.50.0.20 in the Address: field and
8080 into the Port: field (You may need to uncheck the Use automatic configuration script box)
6. Click OK twice.

NOTE: If you have installed a Personal Firewall System (PFS) you need to be sure that your PFS is not blocking Internet Access. You may need to authorize access while you are using the connection. Please refer to your vendor’s documentation for instructions on how to do this.




Mac OS 9

 

 

There are two steps that you will need to follow in order to connect your wireless device to the library’s wireless network.

STEP 1: Setup wireless network

Make sure that your AirPort card or external PC card is installed properly according to the instructions included with the card. In the case of an external PC card for a non-AirPort capable Mac OS laptop, make sure that the PC card is firmly inserted into the PC card slot.

Make sure that you have installed the latest version of the AirPort software (version 1.3.1). You can verify this by running the AirPort application and selecting About AirPort from the Apple Menu.

If the AirPort Setup Assistant did not automatically run after installation, you can manually configure your network settings to use the AirPort wireless card with the following instructions:

Select a wireless network:

  1. Using either the AirPort Control Strip Module or the
    AirPort application, you can select the wireless network that
    is in range.
  2. Select the library wireless netwrok from the list of available networks.
  3. Next, go to the Apple Menu, to Control Panels, and select TCP/IP. At the
    TCP/IPwindow, you should see the following suggestions:Connect via: Airport
    Configure: Using DHCP Server.
  4. Make sure that Connect via is set to AirPort, and that Configure is set to
    Using DHCP Server.
  5. Close the TCP/IP control panel, saving the changes you just made when prompted.

STEP 2: Setup browser proxy settings

To configure the Network Preferences to use the web proxy server follow these steps:

  1. From the Edit Menu Choose Preferences
  2. Click Proxies under Network
  3. UNCHECK the boxes next to the proxy options
  4. Leave or set Method as: Normal
  5. Leave User Name and Password blank
  6. Click OK
  7. Check Use Web Proxy for All
  8. Click OK

STEP 3: Setup browser proxy settings

To configure the Network Preferences to use the web proxy server follow these steps:

  1. From the Edit Menu Choose Preferences
  2. Click Proxies under Network
  3. Check Web Proxy:
  4. Click Settings
  5. Enter Address as 10.50.0.20
  6. Enter Port as: 8080
  7. Leave or set Method as: Normal
  8. Leave User Name and Password blank
  9. Click OK
  10. Check Use Web Proxy for All
  11. Click OK

NOTE: If you have installed a Personal Firewall System (PFS) you need to be sure that your PFS is not blocking Internet Access. You may need to authorize access while you are using the connection. Please refer to your vendor’s documentation for instruction on how to do this.



Mac OS 10

There are two steps that you will need to follow in order to connect your wireless device to the library’s wireless network.

STEP 1: Setup wireless network

Make sure that your AirPort card or external PC card is installed properly per the manufacturer’s instructions. In the
case of an external PC card for a non-AirPort capable Mac OS laptop, make sure that the PC card is firmly inserted into the PC card slot. Special note: If you are using a card in a non-Airport capable laptop, refer to the manufacturer’s driver instructions for installation and configuration, as this documentation refers only to computers that are AirPort-capable.

Mac OS X includes the drivers that are necessary to use AirPort for network connectivity. All that need be done is select an active wireless network and make sure Network settings are correct for the wireless network.

Select a wireless network:

  1. Using either the AirPort Menu or the Internet Connect application, you can select a wireless network that is in range. If AirPort is off, you will need to select “Turn Airport On” before you can proceed. AirPort Menu: Internet Connect Application:
  2. Select the wireless network from the list of available networks.
  3. Next, choose System Preferences from the Apple menu. Once the application is started, select Network. Click on the
    TCP/IP tab.
  4. Make sure that the Show: menu is set to AirPort, and that the Configure menu in the TCP/IP tab is set to Using DHCP. If AirPort doesn’t appear in the Show menu, choose Active Network Ports and Activate Airport. Then choose
    Airport from the Show menu.
  5. Click the Apply Now button at the bottom of the panel to save the changes you just made and quit the System Preferences application.

STEP 2: Setup browser proxy settings

All OS X web browsers take their web proxy settings from the OS X Network Preferences. To configure the Network Preferences to use the web proxy server
follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple icon and go to System Preferences
  2. Double click on the Network icon.
  3. Use the drop down arrow under show to click on Built in Ethernet.
  4. Click on Proxies from the horizontal tab bar.
  5. Tick Web proxy and enter 10.50.0.20
    Port 8080.
  6. Tick Secure Web proxy and enter
    10.50.0.20 Port 8080.
  7. Click Apply Now to exit out of the Network Box
  8. You can now launch your web browser (Safari or Internet Explorer).

NOTE: If you have installed a Personal Firewall System (PFS) you need to be sure that you PFS is not blocking Internet Access. You may need to authorize access while you are using the connection. Please refer to your vendor’s documentation for instructions on how to do this.