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West Deptford Free Public Library
420 Crown Point Road, West Deptford, NJ 08086  (856) 845-5593

Technology Services
Wireless Network Access Policy

The wireless network in the West Deptford Free Public Library was implemented in October 2002 for patrons who wish to use their own laptop when at the library.  All terms and conditions set forth in the West Deptford Free Public Library's Library's Internet Use Policy and Technology Policy are applicable to wireless network access.

A patron's laptop must be configured with virus protection using current virus definitions.  Patrons are expected to know how to configure their own laptop for wireless use. The library does not offer wireless access support.  The Circulation Desk can provide a document with technical details and an example of configuring Windows XP for wireless access.

Most WiFi (802.11b and 802.11g) network cards will be compatible. However, the West Deptford Free Public Library can make no guarantees as to compatibility of patron's equipment with the library's network.

The West Deptford Free Public Library wireless network has been configured and sized for interactive searches and knowledge gathering on the World Wide Web.  The library's network is not sized for large downloads from the web.  Therefore, the downloading of software, large images, music, etc from the web onto a patron's laptop is not permitted. Patrons will be asked to immediately terminate any activity that adversely impacts the library's network performance.

June 2003

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We are pleased to offer free wireless Internet access to customers with appropriately equipped wireless devices.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

   How can I use the wireless Internet at the library?
  Most users can simply bring their wireless-enabled laptop computer or other wireless device to the Library and turn it on. The computer will automatically recognize the wireless network. If your laptop does not have wireless built-in, you can install a WiFi-compatible network card.

  Will I need any special settings or passwords?
  There are no passwords required.  In many instances, your computer or PDA will automatically detect and connect to the library's wireless network. If your computer or PDA does not connect right away, make sure that your wireless utility is configured as follows:
  • SSID or Network Name: library, library1, library2, library3, library4, or library5
  • WEP: disabled
  • IP or Network Settings: DHCP enabled or obtain an IP address automatically
  • DNS: obtain DNS address automatically
  • Gateway: no default gateway set - your card should detect it automatically.
  • Save your settings and restart computer if necessary.

  What can I do on the wireless network?
  Our wireless network offers you have a high speed connection to the Internet that let's you:
  • Check your e-mail
  • Surf the Internet
  • Do online research
  • Check the library catalog
  • Access the library's databases

Printing is not currently available from the wireless network.  To print you can either save your document and print when you get home, or save your document to a disk or cd-rom and use one of the other computers available to you in the library.

  Is the wireless network secure?   Is it 100% safe for me to send personal information?
  No, but wireless networks are not unique in this respect; on all shared networks, whether wired or wireless, users can potentially eavesdrop on each other's data, though it is not usually likely that they will.  If you are transferring confidential information (passwords, credit card numbers, online banking information, health data and so on) you are strongly encouraged to use secure web sites (SSL) or other techniques (SSH, VPN) to safeguard your confidentiality.  The library cannot ensure the privacy of information you transfer over the wireless network.

We can assure you that connecting your computer to the Internet via a wireless network does not increase your risk of exposure to viruses and other such risks.  Wireless hotspots do not produce viruses, which are most often transmitted as attachments to email.  It is strongly recommended that all users install and run a virus protection program.

  Can the Library help me configure my computer?
  Each computer is unique, and we're sorry that we are not able to offer personal technical assistance with your configuration. However, we do provide a webpage of technical assistance to help you with the most common issues. The technical assistance webpage is available at: www.sjrlc.org/wireless/tech.htm

  Which South Jersey public libraries offer wireless hotspots?
  Click Here for a complete list of libraries that are offering wireless hotspots.