WiFi Policy

Wireless Internet Access Policy

Monson Free Library offers wireless “WiFi” access to the Library’s Internet service. When you use the Library’s Internet service you are accepting the Library’s Internet Use Policy. Using library computers or the library wireless network to copy and distribute copyright protected works may be an infringement of the copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code) and is not permitted. Please take the time to read the policy before accessing the network.

Advantages:

  • No waiting for an available PC
  • No enforced time limits — connect as long as you like
  • Library card is not required
  • Fast access
  • Download files
  • Save your files permanently on your own device

Limitations:

  • No printing services are available
  • A WiFi network is less secure than a wired network (see “How Safe is WiFi?” below)
  • The WiFi network does not allow for roaming connections

Where can you pick up the wireless signal?:
The entire building is wireless accessible. You should be able to pick up the wireless signal anywhere in the Library.

How Safe is WiFi?:
The Internet is a public communications network, which means that there can be untrustworthy parties between you and anybody you communicate with. WiFi unplugs the Internet and makes personal security risks more visible. WiFi poses the same risks to your personal information that a wired network poses, as well as some new risks. WiFi users need to educate themselves about these risks, and take steps to secure their personal information. Cautious WiFi users may choose not to transmit their credit card information and passwords while using any WiFi “hotspot”, including the Library’s. The Library cannot assure the safety of your data when you use either our wired or wireless Internet access.

What You Will need:

  • Wireless network interface card (NIC)
  • A laptop or PDA configured to use the Library’s Internet connection
  • Your laptop or PDA must conform to the “802.11b/g” standard, commonly known as WiFi. New laptops often come standard with a wireless interface and may be automatically configured to pick up the wireless signal.
  • Compatible headphones if you plan to use audio files

Wireless Technical Information:
Wireless hardware and software varies as to the operating systems you may use on your laptop or PDA, so the same instructions may not work for everyone.

  • The “Service Set Identifier” (SSID) should be set to freelib. Wherever your software asks for a “name” or “wireless area” or “access point name,” insert freelib (all lower case).
  • Network authentications needs to be open and data encryption is WEP. Ask at the circulation desk for the current network key.
  • The network is not configured to support roaming between APs. Once connected to an AP, you will need to stay in the same general area to stay connected. If you desire to move to another location in the library and lose access to the internet, you will then need to wait at least 10 minutes to reconnect

Please note that the library staff cannot assist you with your laptop, PDA, card, or configuration. The Library cannot accept the liability of handling your equipment. The Library shall not be responsible for any loss of data or damage to personal equipment.