Wireless Internet

Setup/Troubleshooting Recommendations for Wireless

Wireless Card Settings:

Use the software that came with your wireless card or computer to configure the settings and to verify a connection to the library’s wireless network.

Network Settings:

Windows 98 Network Settings:

  • From Control Panel, select Network.
  • 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.
  • For IP Address, select “Obtain an IP address automatically.”
  • For DNS, select “Disable DNS.”
  • For WINS, select “Use DHCP for WINS Resolution.”
  • If you are having an IP conflict, click on the Release All button to release the current IP and then click on the Renew All button.

Windows 2000 & XP Network Settings:

  • From Control Panel, select “Network and Dial-up Connections” or “Network and Internet Connections > Internet Connections.”
  • Right-click on “Wireless Network Connection” or “Local Area Connection” and click Properties.
  • 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.
  • Select “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically.” 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.”.

Internet Explorer Tips:

Please note that depending on your version of software, there may be variations in the procedures.

  • From Control Panel, select Internet Options > Connections tab.
  • If you also have a dial-up connection, it should not be set to “Always dial my default connection.”
  • LAN Settings should be “Automatically detect settings” and leave the Proxy server settings blank.


Your laptop must have the MacTCP Control Panel installed. This control panel comes with recent versions of the system software and should be pre-installed.

If you have other MacTCP configurations that you would like to save, MacTCP Switcher is a useful utility for storing several set-ups.

To configure your MacTCP, choose to Connect via Ethernet.

Network Settings (OS 8 & 9):

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

Network Settings (OS X):

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

Limitations and Disclaimers

The Library is not responsible for any changes you make to your computer’s settings and assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library’s network. The Library cannot guarantee your hardware will work with our wireless connection. The Library’s wireless network is not secure. Information sent from or to your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software, within the wireless signal’s range.

Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection.

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