Wireless Internet Access

Use your wireless enabled device

(laptop or PDA) to gain access to the

Internet for web browsing or email.


What is required to use the wireless service

Your device must have an 802.11b or 802.11g wireless network card

Network name (SSID) is LibraryPublicHotspot

DHCP must be enabled (no static IP address)

No Static proxy server or static DNS server specified

Charged battery – there are electrical outlets near some tables but not all

Headphones, if you plan to use audio files.

Protocols supported

Http and https, Telnet, SMTP, and POP email are supported.

Not supported are IMAP email, ftp, SSH, and SNMP.

Where to pick up the signal

You should be able to pick up the signal in the Main area of the library.  You may also pick up the signal outside of the library, when the library is closed.


There are no time limits to access. The access is available when the library is open.

Illegal or inappropriate use of the Internet is not permitted. Persons displaying inappropriate images in view of others will be asked to leave the Library. (Ask the Reference Librarian for the entire Internet Policy.)

Security Issues

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.

The Library cannot assure the safety of your data when you use our wireless Internet access.


There is wireless printing capability with our wireless network. 

Library staff are prohibited from handling or configuring your equipment, due to potential liability.


Windows XP

Click on the Wireless networks detected message in the lower right corner of the desktop.  (If this message is not present, right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon in the system tray, and then click View Available Wireless Networks.)

Click LibraryPublicHotspot then click Continue.

Click Connect Anyway to the unsecured network notification message.

Windows 2000

From the Control Panel, select Network and Dial-up connections or Network and Internet Connections.

Right-click on Wireless Network Connection or Local Area Connection and click on Properties.

Locate the Internet TCP/IP protocol and open up 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.

Windows NT

Double click Network on the Control Panel.

Locate the TCP/IP protocol and double click on Properties. If more than one TCP/IP protocol is listed, look for the one associated with your wireless adapter.

Select Obtain an IP address from a DHCP server and click OK.

From the Control Panel, select Internet Options, then click on the 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.


Select Apple Menu, then System Preference, then 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.

Click on the Signal Strength icon ( ) in top right corner and select LibraryPublicHotspot.

Email your questions or comments to clapp@cwmars.org.

Click HERE to read our Internet User Agreement

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