Computers & WiFi

We have wireless internet access (WiFi) available throughout the Library, computer classes & more!

Library Computer Services

The Library has over 20 Internet access computers available for the public. They are located in the Childrens' Department, the Teen area and in the area adjacent to the Information Desk. In addition to Internet access each computer has Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and Powerpoint installed on them. Audio is available at every computer via audio jacks for headphones. Headphones are available for a slight charge at the Checkout Desk. Access to the Internet is unfiltered.

Walkup computers are available for a limited 15 minute time period. No signup is required for the walkup computers.

The public computers require a visit to the Infomation Desk to signup. A minimum one hour time period is guaranteed. Patrons may use computers beyond the one hour as long as no one is waiting. There is an additional charge of .10 per every page beyond the free five pages.

Printing is available from every public computer. The first five pages are free.

The Library has one public copier. It is located directly across from the Checkout Desk.

 

 


Available wireless network - WPL-Guest

View all of our Upcoming Computer Classes!

View the Internet Access Policy


WiFi Access at Wethersfield Library - Commonly Asked Questions

What is Wi-Fi Internet Access?
Wi-Fi (or “wireless”) Internet access is a high speed Internet connection for which you do not need a physical connection (a wire). You can connect to the Internet almost anywhere in the Library if you have a working Wi-Fi enabled laptop computer or a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant).

Are there any rules for using the wireless Internet connection at Wethersfield Library?
All wireless access users must comply with the Wethersfield Wireless Access policy and Internet Use policy, and all State of Connecticut and federal laws regarding computer use.

How do I connect?
In most cases, your computer will automatically seek out the wireless network connection. If it does not, see the directions at the end of this booklet.

Can Library staff help me with the connection?
Because laptops vary greatly, Wethersfield Library staff may not assist you with connecting your laptop to the wireless network. Staff are not allowed to handle any of your personal computer equipment. You are responsible for setting up your own equipment. The Library and its staff are not responsible for any changes you make to your computer or PDA settings. We also cannot guarantee that your equipment will work with the wireless connection. Check your user’s manual for instructions.

Do I need a library card?
You do not need a library card to connect to the wireless network. You do need a Wethersfield Library card to access some of the online databases. You also need a library card (from any library) to place holds on materials and to use a few other Library services. You can get a Wethersfield Library card if you are a Wethersfield resident.

Can I print from the wireless network?
No, you cannot print directly from your laptop or PDA from the Wi-Fi network. You will need to save your work to a removable storage device such as a USB flash drive or 3.5 inch floppy disk and then go to one of the Library’s computers to print your work.

How long does a connection last?
Your wireless connection should last until you shut down your computer. There is no time limit for using the wireless network. However, please finish your work and be ready to leave the Library at closing time.

Can I plug in my laptop?
Yes, you can plug in your laptop to the Library electrical outlets as long as you do not let the wire cross walking paths or create a hazard in some other way. You may not move furniture to plug in your laptop. We highly recommend that you charge your laptop battery fully before coming to the Library as we cannot guarantee that there will be an outlet available for you.

Remember:
The Library is not responsible for any damage to your computer that may result from using the system.
The connection is not secure. It is possible someone can get personal information if you use wi-fi.
Internet access is not filtered.
Printing is not available through the wireless system.

Wethersfield Library Network Name

WPL_Guest

If you see other networks in the list, they are probably neighbors – please do not use these connections.

Connecting to the wireless network using Microsoft XP
Start your PC. When your primary network appears (in the bottom right corner of your screen near the taskbar) you will see a balloon announcing it. “Connected To” and “Signal Strength” should
be the messages you receive. If the message does not appear: Right click on the Network Connection icon to which the balloon points. Choose View Available Networks from the menu. You will see a list of wireless networks in the upper portion of the window. Click on a Library network name to select it and then click on the Connect button on the bottom of the window.

Connecting to the wireless network using Microsoft Vista
Click on the Start button and select Connect To from the menu on the right to display the Connect to a Network dialog box. In the list of available wireless networks, click on a Library network, and double click it to proceed to the next screen.

Connecting to the wireless network using Microsoft Windows 7
Open Connect to a Network by right-clicking the network icon in the notification area. In the list of available wireless networks, click a Library network, and then click Connect.

Connecting to the wireless network using Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5
From the Hard Drive, open the Applications folder and click on Internet Connect. You should see AirPort in the toolbar. If you don't, you either don't have an AirPort card installed or it hasn't been installed correctly. If AirPort is turned off, click Turn AirPort On. Then choose a Library network from the Network drop-down menu. Tip: For faster access, select the "Show AirPort status in menu bar" checkbox in the AirPort pane of Internet Connect, which will allow you to select networks and turn AirPort on and off from the AirPort menu (the icon looks like a slice of circular pie).

Connecting to the wireless network using OS X Leopard
Click the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner. (Or, you can click on the wireless icon on the upper right hand side. (The icon looks like a slice of circular pie.) Select Network Preferences. From the drop down menu, choose System Preferences. Double click on the Network icon to bring up the network preferences window. In the right hand side, click on Airport. In the Network Name drop down menu, select the name of the Library network.