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
We are pleased to offer free wireless
Internet access to customers with appropriately equipped wireless devices.
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
IP or Network Settings:
DHCP enabled or obtain an IP address automatically
DNS: obtain DNS address
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
network offers you have a high speed connection to the Internet that let's
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
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
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:
Which South Jersey
public libraries offer wireless hotspots?