Tech Center

Wireless Network FAQs

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Wireless Printing

You can print from your laptop to the Library's color or black & white printers while in the Library:

1. Click on the link to download the wireless printing software to your computer:

2. Send your print job.

3. Under Destination, the default is the black & white printer called \BlackWhite. For the color printer, under Destination, click on Change. Choose \Color.

4. Click on Print.

5. Enter your Library Barcode Number and PIN.

6. Click OK.*

7. The Job Released box will come up. Click OK. Check the printer for your page(s).

*If you do not have enough money in your account, a box will come up saying your job has been received. You will then need to go to the Print Server station near the Reference Desk to add money by clicking on the Release a Print Job button and following the instructions.


wirelessWireless Network FAQ

Q. Where can I access the Library's wireless network?
A. The network is accessible anywhere in the Library, though the signal may be strongest in the middle of the building. The name of the network is midas.

Q. What do I need to access the Library's wireless network?
A. You need a laptop computer with a Wireless Network PC Card (802.11b/g). Most new laptops come with an installed wireless card. If you purchase a card for a laptop without a pre-installed card, follow the manufacturer's instructions to install it on your computer. This should involve installing the network card driver and also a client utility program. This program will allow you to configure the settings for your network connection, monitor signal strength, and perform other useful tasks.

Q. What kind of wireless card do I need?
A. You need an 812.11b/g Wireless Network Card for your laptop. Most new laptops come with an installed wireless card. If you don't have a card, they are available for $20 and up at local computer stores or one of the many online computer stores.

Q. What are the minimum requirements for my laptop (PC and Apple)?
A. You should be limited only by the wireless network card you buy. The drivers and software to operate the card must be compatible with your system. See the card's packaging and documentation for compatibility and minimum requirements.

Q. What settings do I use?
SSID or Network Name: ANY
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
Close settings and restart computer if necessary

Q. If there are too many users, will I be blocked from using the wireless network?
A. A pool of resources has been set aside large enough to accommodate users at the library. You will not be "blocked" from accessing the network because of too many users.

Q. What speed is the Internet connection?
A. The Library has a DSL line. However as with any Internet connection, your speed may fluctuate greatly due to heavy traffic on the Internet at different times of day.

Q. Can I download large files?
A. The bandwidth available for the wireless Internet connection is shared with all others in the Library. To show consideration for others' needs, we ask that you not download excessively large files or access streaming audio/video.

Q. What are the limitations on the wireless network?
A. No FTP or file sharing.