FAQs About our Free Wireless Internet Access
How can I use the wireless Internet at the library?
Most users can simply bring their wireless-enabled laptop computer or other wireless device to the Library and turn it on. The computer will automatically recognize the wireless network. If your laptop does not have wireless built-in, you can install a WiFi-compatible network card.
Will I need any special settings or passwords?
There are no passwords required. In many instances, your computer or PDA will automatically detect and connect to the library’s wireless network. If your computer or PDA does not connect right away, make sure that your wireless utility is configured as follows:
- SSID or Network Name: ACLS FREE
- IP or Network Settings: DHCP enabled or obtain an IP address automatically
- DNS: obtain DNS address automatically
- Gateway: no default gateway set – your card should detect it automatically.
- Save your settings and restart computer if necessary.
What can I do on the wireless network?
Our wireless network offers you have a high speed connection to the Internet that let’s you:
- Check your e-mail
- Surf the Internet
- Do online research
- Check the library catalog
- Access the library's databases
Printing is not currently available from the wireless network.
To print you can either save your document and print when you get home, or save your document to a flash drive or cd-rom and use one of the public computers available to you in the library. If you do not have a flash drive, check with the Circulation Desk to see if there are any available for purchase. You also have the option to send the file to yourself via email. You can then open and print the file on one of our public computers.
Is the wireless network secure? Is it 100% safe for me to send personal information?
No, but wireless networks are not unique in this respect; on all shared networks, whether wired or wireless, users can potentially eavesdrop on each other's data, though it is not usually likely that they will. If you are transferring confidential information (passwords, credit card numbers, online banking information, health data and so on) you are strongly encouraged to use secure web sites (SSL) or other techniques (SSH, VPN) to safeguard your confidentiality. The library cannot ensure the privacy of information you transfer over the wireless network.
Does wireless access make me more vulnerable to computer viruses?
We can assure you that connecting your computer to the Internet via a wireless network does not increase your risk of exposure to viruses and other such risks. Wireless hotspots do not produce viruses, which are most often transmitted as attachments to email. It is strongly recommended that all users install and run a virus protection program.
Personal Electronic Device and Network Policy
The Atlantic County Library System has a hands-off policy regarding electronic devices belonging to the public. Staff should not handle or configure patrons’ electronic property in any way, but may offer technical tips related to using library services. Patrons requesting staff to interact with their device, do so at their own risk. The library cannot be responsible for any loss of integrity to laptops, e-readers, tablets or other wireless devices and their subsequent configurations, security, files or data of any kind resulting from connection to the library's wireless network or from direct or indirect interaction from staff.