General Instructions for Wireless Network Access

All public areas of the Alexandria Library provide wireless access at all hours the Library is open.

If you have questions about setting up wifi connection, contact a Reference Librarian at any branch reference desk.

Connecting to the Library's Wireless Network

  • You must have a computer or other device equipped with an 802.11b-compatible wireless card.
  • Using your computer's network utilities, look for the wireless network named "ALWireless."
  • The Alexandria Library's wireless network does not require a password to connect.

Limitations and Disclaimers Regarding Wireless Access

  • 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 three hundred feet.
  • 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.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network.

Note:The following instructions are general guidelines and require that you understand how to configure and restore the settings of your own computer.

Wireless Settings

  • SSID or Network Name = "ALWireless
  • WEP or Encryption = none or disabled
  • Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure or Access Point
  • Authentication = Open or None
  • TCP/IP settings = Use DHCP or "obtain IP Address automatically"
  • Turn Wireless ON
  • Many laptops with built-in wireless, and some with external cards, have switches, buttons or software that can be used to turn wireless off to save battery life. Make sure that it is turned ON.
Wireless Configuration Tips
  • Before changing any settings, try using the wireless network. It may already work.
  • Wireless settings used at home can conflict with settings needed at a library. Please make certain that original settings can be restored before making any changes.
  • After making changes, it is possible that you may need to reboot.
  • Windows 98/ME/2000 needs to use a wireless client manager program provided by the manufacturer of the wireless adapter, so please refer to the documentation and software that came with the equipment.
  • If using a wireless client manager, check the instructions that came with the program regarding the possibility of creating a profile to be used at the library in addition to the profiles used at home or elsewhere.
  • Windows XP has a built-in configuration tool. Look for icon in system tray at the bottom, right corner. Click on it to see a list of available networks. "library" should be on the list. Select it and click "Connect" or click "Configure" and compare settings to those listed in this brochure. Also click "Advanced" and add checkmark to option for "connect to unsecured".
  • MAC OS 9 - Use the Airport Setup Assistant program to configure an existing wireless network and "library" network should be detected. Click "Go Ahead" and then "Connect Now".
  • MAC OS X - Use the Airport Setup Assistant program to join existing Airport network, signal should be detected for "library", and follow steps to conclusion.


Network Settings Tips

  • Windows 98/ME settings are found through the Network section in the Control Panel. Check the Properties of TCP/IP associated with the wireless adapter.
  • Windows 2000 settings are found through Network and Dial Up Connections in the Control Panel. Check properties of the Local Area Network associated with the wireless adapter and check properties of TCP/IP.
  • Windows XP settings are found through the Network Connections in the Control Panel. Select Properties of Wireless Network Connection and check Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) settings.
  • TCP/IP settings should be set to use DHCP or "obtain IP Address automatically".
  • DNS settings, if applicable, should be set to use DHCP or to obtain automatically.
  • MAC OS 9 can adjust settings through "Apple Menu>>Control Panels>>TCP/IP".
  • MAC OS X can adjust through "Apple Menu>>Location>>Network Preferences".
  • In the event certain information does not display, try turning off any firewall or pop up blocker software you may have installed on your laptop.


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