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Wireless Internet Access
Wireless Internet access is available at all Fauquier County Public Library locations as well as the John Barton Payne Community Room. The public wireless network is filtered in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Will library staff show me how to configure/troubleshoot my laptop/e-reader/mobile device?
Reference staff at any library location can help you find information to assist you as you configure and troubleshoot your device(s). However, library staff cannot assist you with the operation, configuration or troubleshooting of your personal electronic device(s) -- the library assumes no responsibility for patrons' equipment.
If you are bringing in your own laptop and wish to use our Internet connection you will need:
- To agree to abide by the library's Internet use policy. You can request a copy of the policy from the adult reference desk;
- A laptop/device with built-in WiFi capability;
- A wireless network card that (at minimum) is 802.11b/g compliant. Most wireless cards that are available today are 802.11b/g wireless cards. This means that the wireless card supports both protocols 802.11b and 802.11g. Your computer and/or wireless card documentation will tell you if your card is 802.11b/g compliant;
- To configure your laptop to use the library's Internet connection (see settings and troubleshooting tips below);
- A charged battery. Specially designated electrical outlets are available in some, but not all areas of the library;
- Compatible headphones if you plan to use audio files.
Your computer *should* automatically detect the wireless signal if you're inside the library. When you've determined that you are connected to the library's network (Library Public Internet Access), open/double click on your Web browser (i.e., Internet Explorer).
Settings - Basic
If your laptop does not automatically detect the library's wireless connection, you will need to configure your wireless connection settings to the following:
- SSID/Network Name @ Bealeton: BEALPUB; please see library staff for password
- SSID/Network Name @ John Marshall: MARPUB; please see library staff for password
- SSID/Network Name @ Warrenton: WARPUB; please see library staff for password
Make sure your wireless is actually turned on. Seems obvious, but often the switch is accidentally turned off. The switch can be located on the side of your laptop or may have a button (usually has an icon of a radio antennae) near your power button.
Check your web browser settings - make sure it isn't set to work offline or through a proxy server.
You may need to renew your IP address. If you get the message that your "media is disconnected" when trying to renew or release the IP address, double check to make sure you didn't accidentally shut off wireless on your laptop. Check the on/off switch for your wireless.
- At the DOS prompt type "ipconfig / all" and press "Enter."
- At the DOS prompt type "ipconfig / release" and press "Enter."
- At the DOS prompt type "ipconfig / renew" and press "Enter."
If you've made changes in your configuration/settings, you may have to restart your laptop for the changes to take effect.
Limitations and Disclaimers
- Like most public wireless networks, the library network is not secure, therefore, appropriate precautions should be taken.
- Printing is not available using the library's wireless connection. Access a printer by using the library's public Internet workstations.
- Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
- The library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop/device configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the library's network.
Related library policies: