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Wireless Internet @ JPL

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Public wireless network access (WiFi) is currently available at all Jacksonville Public Library locations. WiFi (short for wireless fidelity) uses high frequency radio signals to transmit and receive data over limited distances. With this service, Customers may use their own laptop computers to gain access to the World Wide Web on the Internet while visiting a library location.

Limitations & Disclaimers

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Jacksonville Public Library, a department of the City of Jacksonville & Duval County is providing wireless access as a public service free of charge subject to the terms and conditions of use as follows.

  • Wireless access is provided to the public as a service free of charge on an "as is" basis with no guarantee and no warranty.
  • The Internet Use Policy of the Jacksonville Public Library applies to any use of the wireless access service.
  • The Privacy Policy of the Jacksonville Public Library applies to any use of the wireless access service.
  • Information passing through the Library's wireless access is not secured and could be monitored, captured, or altered by others.
  • It is the customer's sole responsibility to protect his/her information from all risks associated with using the Internet, including any damage, loss, or theft that may occur as a result of my use of the Library wireless access.
  • Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and assumes no responsibility for laptop configurations, security or changes to data files resulting from connection to the Library's network.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment; users must keep their equipment with them at all times and may only use electrical outlets at public tables.
  • In using this free Internet access, the customer agrees and hereby releases, indemnifies, and holds harmless, the Jacksonville Public Library and its employees from any damage that may result in my use of this wireless access.
  • While using this wireless access, the customer acknowledges that he/she is subject to, and agrees to abide by all laws, and all rules and regulations of the City of Jacksonville & Duval County, the State of Florida, and the federal government that is applicable to Internet use.
  • Printing is not available via the wireless connection at this time.

Connecting to the Wireless Internet Network

Connecting to the network requires a laptop computer with a wireless Internet card that supports the WiFi 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

To find the Library's hot spots, click on your wireless icon in the taskbar:

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If no icon is present:

  1. Click Start, Settings, then Network Connections
  2. Right click Wireless Network Connection and then click View Available Wireless Networks (a list of wireless access points appears in the Available Networks box)
  3. Click the COJPublic wireless connection
  4. Click Connect

Operating Systems

Windows OS

  1. Right click My Network Places/Network Neighborhood
  2. Go to Properties
  3. Double click Wireless Adapter (or simply click on your vendor icon for the wireless adapter in the lower right hand tool bar)
    • SSID (network name) = COJPublic and a DHCP address will be allocated automatically
    • WEP = disable WEP encryption
    • Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure mode or access point
  4. Restart (reboot) the computer (this is not a requirement with Windows XP)
  5. Open a Web browser

MAC OS

  1. Click on System Preferences from the Apple Menu
  2. Double click the Network logo
  3. Under Show Menu select AirPort
  4. Close window
  5. Open Internet Connect and turn on AirPort
  6. From Network Menu select COJPublic
  7. Open a Web browser

Troubleshooting Network Settings

Windows 98

  • From Control Panel, select Network
  • Locate the 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)
  • For IP Address, select Obtain an IP address automatically
  • For DNS, select Disable DNS
  • For WINS, select Use DHCP for WINS Resolution

Windows 2000 & XP

(You may need administrative access to your laptop to change these settings)

  • From Control Panel, select Network and Dial-up Connections or Network and Internet Connections > Internet Connections
  • Right click Wireless Network Connection or Local Area Connection; click Properties
  • Locate the 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)
  • Select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically
  • For XP, right click Wireless Network Connection and select View Available Wireless Networks
  • Select the name of a wireless network COJPublic and click Connect

Windows NT

(You may need administrative access to your laptop to change these settings)

  1. From Control Panel, select Network
  2. Locate the 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)
  3. Select Obtain an IP address from a DHCP server and click OK

Macintosh

Network Settings (OS 8 & 9):

  1. Select Apple Menu > Control Panel > TCP/IP
  2. Connect via AirPort or other wireless (WiFi) ethernet
  3. Configure Using DHCP Server
  4. Leave Name Server and Additional Search domains blank

Network Settings (OS X):

  1. Select Apple Menu > System Preferences > Network button
  2. Select TCP/IP tab and configure Using DHCP (above the TCP/IP tab, you may need to configure via AirPort or other wireless (WiFi) ethernet)
  3. Leave Domain Name Servers and Search Domains blank

Internet Explorer Tips

(Depending on your version of software, there may be variations in these procedures.)

  • From Control Panel, select Internet Options > Connections tab
  • For those with a dial-up connection, do not set it to Always dial my default connection
  • LAN Settings should be Automatically detect settings and leave the Proxy server settings blank