Wireless Help

Can the library help me configure my computer?

Everyone’s computer is different and you are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment.
Some helpful tips are included on this page.
Lane Public Library cannot be responsible for any changes you make to your computer’s settings.
If you need additional assistance, you may need to contact the manufacturers of your hardware or software.

Wireless Card Settings:
Use the software that came with your wireless card or computer to configure the settings and to verify a connection to the library’s wireless network.
SSID (network name) = “any” or “guest” (without quotes)
WEP = disable WEP encryption
Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure mode or Access Point

Windows 7 & 8

Network Settings:
1. From Control Panel, select Network & Internet.
2. A pop-up appears in the lower right-hand corner, click Open Network & Sharing Center.
3. Click Local Area Connection in the middle of the screen to view options and click Properties.
4. Select Wireless and choose your hotspot
5. Authenticate by opening a browser window and approving the guest user policy.

Windows XP

Network Settings:
1. From Control Panel, select “Network and Dial-up Connections” or “Network and Internet Connections > 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. Right click on “Wireless Network Connection” and select “View Available Wireless Networks.” Select the name of the wireless network available at the library (guest) and click “Connect.”

Internet Explorer Tips:
Please note that depending on your version of software, there may be variations in the procedures.
1. From Control Panel, select Internet Options > Connections tab.
2. LAN Settings should be “Automatically detect settings” and leave the Proxy server settings blank.


Network Settings (OS X):
1. Select: Apple Menu > System Preferences > 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.


Who Can Use Wireless Access? Do I Need A Library Card?
Anyone who complies with the library’s Internet Use Policy may use our wireless access service. A library card is not required at this time.

What Do I Need?
You need a portable laptop computer with a standard wireless network interface (NIC) card, one that is compatible with the Wi-Fi standards called “802.11b” or “802.11g”.

Where Can I Get Help Setting Up My Laptop for Wireless Access?
If you are not familiar with computers or networking, we recommend bringing someone with you who can help you configure your laptop. Staff are not trained or equipped to configure personal computers for users. Please see our help page.

My Computer Works in the Library But Not Anymore At Home or Work. Why?
If you changed your laptop’s network configuration to make it work in the library, remember to change it back when you are at home or at work.

How Can I Tell Whether the Wireless Network is Working?
After your laptop has been properly configured it should sense the wireless network as soon as you turn it on. If you don’t get a response for two or three minutes, please “re-boot” your laptop and try again.

Where Do I Register for Wireless Access?
Currently, the library does not require users to register before using wireless access. Staff at the Information Desk can answer non-technical questions and the library’s Internet policy is posted in the Computer Room.

Is the Information On My Laptop Safe From Hackers While I Am Connected?
Utilizing virus protection, personal firewall, and other measures to protect the information on your laptop is highly recommended, and is the sole responsibility of the laptop users. The library is not responsible for any loss of information or damage to your laptop that might result from using the wireless network or other facilities of the library.

Main parking lot on north side of Hamilton Lane Library is closed for resurfacing this week. Please use MLK to access overflow back parking lot or park on streets. We apologize for the inconvenience.