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"Wi-Fi Hotspot" Setup


The Bartlett Public Library District offers wireless Internet access for patrons with wireless enabled laptop computers. The Library’s “Wi-Fi Hotspot” is open to all patrons, free of charge. No special encryption settings, user names, or passwords are required. Access is available from nearly every public area of the Library, with no waiting and no time limit.


Hardware Requirements:
A patron’s laptop with a wireless card that is “Wi-Fi Certified” for the standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n.


Setup Settings:
SSID (network name for 802.11b/g/n wireless card) BPLDGuest.

Test your connection by opening an Internet browser. If the connection fails, you may need to adjust the following settinngs:
WEP = disable WEP encryption
Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure mode or Access Point
DHCP = Obtain an IP address automatically
DNS = Obtain DNS server address automatically


Troublshooting Windows XP & 2000
Network Settings:

  1. From Control Panel, select "Network and Dial-up Connections" or "Network and Internet Connections."

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

  3. Locate the internet TCP/IP protocol and get into its Properties. If more than one TCP/IP protocol is listed, look for the one associated with your wireless adapter.

  4. Select "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically."

  5. For XP, right-click on "Wireless Network Connection: and select "View Available Wireless Networks." Select the name of the wireless network available (BPLDGuest) at the library and click "Connect."

Windows NT
Network Settings:

  1. From Control Panel, double click on "Network."

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

Network Settings (OS X):

  1. Select Apple Menu, then System Preference, then Network button.

  2. Select TCP/IP tab and configure "Using DHCP."

  3. Above the TCP/IP tab, you may need to configure via "AirPort" or other wireless (WiFi) Ethernet.

  4. Leave Domain Name Servers and Search Domains blank.

Limitations and Disclosures:

The Library’s wireless Hotspot is not secure, and the Library cannot guarantee the safety of your traffic across its wireless network. The Library assumes no responsibility for the configurations, security, or data files on your laptop resulting from connection to the Library’s wireless network. Information sent to or from your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software.


Transmitting any personal information such as passwords, credit card, or Social Security numbers while using any wireless “hotspot”, including the Library’s, is not recommended.


Anti-virus, privacy, and security protection is the responsibility of the patron.


The Library assumes no responsibility for damage, theft, or loss of any kind to a user’s equipment, software, data files or other personal property brought into or used at the Library.


The Library is not able to provide technical assistance to you, and there is no guarantee that you will be able to make a wireless connection. If you need assistance, contact the manufacturer of your laptop or software. The Library is not responsible for any changes you make to your computer settings.


The Library cannot guarantee that the Wi-Fi service will be available at any specific time or that the connection will have any specific quality or speed.


The connection shall not be used for illegal purposes, nor shall it be used in such a way as to violate library policies.


For more information see our “Wi-Fi Hotspot” FAQ’s page.



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