The Crawfordsville District Public Library provides wireless Internet connectivity offered as a service for users with wireless-enabled laptops or other devices such as smartphones. The library’s network is open to all visitors, free of charge. By choosing to use our wireless service you agree to abide by the Library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy that prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library’s Internet service.
What is wireless Internet?
Wireless access points (APs) are located throughout the library. These points communicate with your wireless device. You will be able to connect anywhere in the building and even on the grounds. Our wireless network uses a 2.4 GHz radio signal to reach through shelves, walls, floors, and ceilings. Depending on your location in the building and your distance from an access point, the signal will vary in strength.
What do I need to connect to the wireless network?
- You need a laptop or other device with an 802.11b or 802.11g wireless network card. (The library does not have laptop computers for loan.) New laptop computers have wireless built-in. Check with your laptop manufacturer for your options.
- You need a barcode number and PIN. The barcode number is on the back of your library card. Your PIN is the password you indicated when you registered for a library card. If you do not have a library card, you can ask at the Circulation Desk for a temporary wireless guest card (Note: This guest card does not allow you to check out library items; it allows you only to access the wireless network).
Will my Macintosh work with wireless in the library?
Any computer that supports 802.11b or 802.11g will work.
How do I connect to the wireless network?
Access points have a network name called an SSID (service set identifier). Most wireless devices will automatically recognize the library signal. In case your device picks up more than one wireless signal, know that our SSID is library. After you connect, simply start an Internet browser to reach the logon page.
What if I can’t connect?
Open your wireless configuration utility and check the following settings:
- The Network name (SSID) entry should be library.
- Disable any encryption (WEP and WPA) if you have them enabled.
- Set your Wireless Network Connection to “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically”
- Try to stop/start the card or even reboot your computer
Can I print from my wireless device?
Yes, but you need to follow some instructions on how to download and install an app (for smartphones) or a printer driver (for laptop computers): wireless printing
Can the library staff provide technical support?
Technical support from the library staff is not available. Due to insurance limitations and liability concerns, library staff members cannot configure your laptop or handheld device. You need to be familiar with your device and know how to set it up for wireless access.
How long can I use my wireless connection?
We have not instituted any time limit, but we reserve the right to do so at a later date.
Will your network protect me from viruses?
Viruses come from the Internet, often as attachments to e-mail. We do not provide anti-virus services. It is strongly recommend that all users have anti-virus protection and a personal firewall installed on their laptops.
Is the wireless connection secure?
The library’s wireless network is not secure, and the library cannot guarantee the safety of your wireless session. Transmissions over a wireless network can be easily captured and/or read. It is recommended that you do not use this wireless connection for secure transactions, such as banking, investments, or any private information.
Are radio signals safe?
Our wireless network meets all guidelines for safety. Low-power wireless devices pose no known health risk.
What is my responsibility?
- You are responsible for anti-virus, security, and privacy protection.
- You are responsible for any changes you make to your computer’s settings.
- You are responsible for safeguarding your own hardware and software. The Crawfordsville District Public Library assumes no responsibility for damage, theft, change, or loss of any kind to a user’s equipment, software, data files, or other personal property brought into or used at the library’s facilities.
- You are expected to follow the Crawfordsville District Public Library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy when using this wireless connection.