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Wi-fi access is now available at all libraries.
(For information about wireless access at West Community Library, call 341-7199, option 3.)

General Information for all systems

The following instructions are general guidelines for setting up your laptop to work with the library's wireless network. You are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment. The St. Petersburg Library System will not be responsible for any changes you make to your computer's settings and cannot guarantee your hardware will work with our wireless connection. If you need additional assistance, you may need to contact the manufacturer of your hardware or software.


Wireless Card Settings:

Use the software that came with your wireless card or computer to configure the settings and to verify a connection to the library’s wireless network.


  • SSID (network name) = enter the text below in all caps based on location
  • Main Library = MAIN
    North Branch = NORTH
    Mirror Lake Branch = MIRROR
    South Branch = SOUTH
    Johnson Branch = JOHNSON
    Childs Park = CHILD
  • WEP = disable WEP encryption
  • Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure mode or Access Point
  • Complete changes below based on your operating system, then reboot.

Important:

*Please disable file/print sharing on your wireless NIC adapter if you have it enabled.
*Keep your computer up to date with the latest Windows and Anti-Virus updates.
Windows 7:

Start → Control Panel →View Network Status and Tasks → Change Adapter Settings → Wireless Network Connections. Right-click Properties, and then the steps are the same as in Vista and Windows XP.


Windows Vista:

Assistance with Network Settings (Click Here)


Windows 2000 & XP

Network Settings:
1. From Control Panel, select "Network and Dial-up Connections" or "Network and Internet Connections > Internet Connections."
2. Right-click on “Wireless Network Connection” or “Local Area Connection” and click Properties.
3. Locate the Internet 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.
4. Select "Obtain an IP address automatically" and “Obtain DNS server address automatically."
5. For XP, right click on “Wireless Network Connection” and select “View Available Wireless Networks.” Select the name of the wireless network available at the library and click “Connect.”
Please refer to the above Wireless Card settings for network name.

Windows 98

Network 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. For IP Address, select "Obtain an IP address automatically."
4. For DNS, select “Disable DNS.”
5. For WINS, select “Use DHCP for WINS Resolution.”

Windows NT

Network 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.


Internet Explorer Tips:

Please note that depending on your version of software, there may be variations in the procedures.
1. From Control Panel, select Internet Options > Connections tab. 2. If you also have a dial-up connection, it should not be set to "Always dial my default connection."
3. LAN Settings should be "Automatically detect settings" and leave the Proxy server settings blank.


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."
3. Above the TCP/IP tab, you may need to Configure via "AirPort" or other wireless (WiFi) Ethernet.
4. Leave Domain Name Servers and Search Domains blank.