Wireless Computing @ the Library
Guidelines for Windows 95, 98, NT, XP, and @2000 Systems

When you use the Internet in the Library you are accepting the library's Internet Access Policy. The troubleshooting guidelines below should help with basic access issues. For more information on accessing the internet with your laptop, please visit our Laptop Internet Access page.

Hardware Requirements

  • You will need a WiFi-compliant 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g wireless Ethernet device installed on your laptop or a laptop with built-in WiFi capability
  • Set your wireless network adapter's Network Identifier to CPL-g or CPL-a, depending on your network card

Software Requirements

  • Use a web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox
  • Set your TCP client software to obtain addresses automatically from the server
  • Reset laptop for the changes to take place

Troubleshooting Windows NT, XP, and Windows 2000 Systems

  • Go to Start > Run, and type: CMD
  • Click OK (a command prompt window will appear)
  • Type the following in the command prompt Window:
    • ipconfig/all (displays full configuration information)
    • ipconfig/release (releases the old IP address)
    • ipconfig/renew (renews the IP address)

Troubleshooting Windows 95 and Windows 98 Systems

  • Go to Start > Run and type: WINIPCFG
  • Click OK (the IP configuration window will appear)
  • Click on the More Info button
  • If you are having an IP conflict, click on the Release All button to release the current IP and then click on the Renew All button

Limitations and Disclaimers

  • The Library does not offer a secure wireless network. Information sent to/from your computer can be captured by someone with a wireless device and the appropriate software, within three hundred feet
  • Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance, and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection. Library staff will not change any settings on your device
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for computer configurations, security or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network
  • Patrons using the Library's internet connection, wireless or otherwise, must adhere to our Internet Use Policy