Public wireless Internet access is available at all DC Public Library locations. Wi-Fi uses high frequency radio signals to transmit and receive data over limited distances.
Read the library's wireless limitations and disclaimers.
Instructions for Connecting to the Wireless Internet
Connecting requires a laptop computer with a wireless Internet card that supports the Wi-Fi standard (also known as IEEE 802.11b/g).
- Configure your computer to automatically accept an IP address.
- Right click My Network Places/Network Neighborhood.
Finding Library Hot Spots (PC)
To find the library’s hot spots, click on your wireless icon in the task bar. If no icon is present:
- Click Start, Settings and then Network Connections.
- Right-click wireless Network Connection, and then click View Available Wireless Networks (a list of wireless access points appears in the Available Networks box).
- Click the Public wireless connection.
- Click Connect.
Microsoft Windows XP Operating System
1. From the desktop, right-click My Network Places/Network Neighborhood, and select Properties.
2. Click "create new connection" from the sidebar menu.
3. In the pop-up box, click the text that reads "view wireless networks in range."
4. In the Wireless Network Connection window, select "public" and click connect (or double-click).
5. Close this menu, and open a Web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.).
Apple Macintosh Operating System
1. Click on System Preferences from the Apple Menu or Dock.
2. Double-click the Network logo.
3. From this Network window, select AirPort from the left menu.
4. Select "public" from the Network Name drop-down menu.
5. Click Apply.
7. Open a Web browser (Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.).
(Depending on your version of software, there may be variations in these procedures.)