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Wireless Network

Wireless in the LibraryStudent using wireless laptop computer on upper level of library


Geisel Library offers wireless Internet access in most areas of the building. Community members with an appropriately configured notebook or laptop can now work at and print from nearly anywhere in the library, such as study carrels or the Reading Room.

The networking hardware needed is an IEEE 802.11n-compatible (or N standard) networking interface card or chip. Older a/b/g wireless cards, as well as dual standard cards, should also work, but n-enabled wireless laptops will have faster access. New users may find that their laptop wireless antenna and/or service may need to be manually switched on.

Use of the wireless network is intended for community users only.

Connecting to Wireless Network from Your Laptop


Connecting to wireless in the Library is basically the same as elsewhere on campus, except that the campus network name is "AnselmWZONE".

This guide sheet describes steps for connecting to the Geisel Wireless network. For most PC users, connecting is automatic when running Windows 7 or Windows 8 unless they have tailored many default settings to other wireless networks.

Requirements: Wireless network card supporting 802.11a/b/g or n protocols. Recommended: Windows 7 or Windows 8, and Windows managing your wireless card.  For Mac users, a recent operating system is recommended.

1.  Turn wireless antenna on, if applicable
2.  Re-check if you connect automatically
3.  Taskbar icons can provide more info
4.  Adjusting your laptop's Wireless Network Connection settings
5.  Other Resources

1.  First, ensure your wireless antenna is on.
On many laptops/notebooks with built-in wireless the antenna must be switched on. Sometimes this is a small hardware switch on the outside of the laptop. On newer units, it is often a Function key combination that toggles the antenna switch on or off. (For Dell models it is usually Fn + F2 keys.)

There is usually a LED light associated with an "on" antenna. On Dells it is the green lit "Wifi" LED, 1 inch above the F6 function key.

2.  Re-check if you will be connected automatically. Are you connected? (It may a take a minute after turning on antenna.) The fastest way to test this to open your web browser to a websites. Try a few websites. If any page loads, or if links work, then you are connected. If you have connected to Geisel Wireless before, then step one is usually all that is necessary.

3.  Taskbar icons (if visible) also indicate connectivity, or can be clicked on to diagnose problems.

The Taskbar is at lower right hand of desktop.

Taskbar icons for wireless printing

Notice tiny double-computer icon(s) ->                                                                                             ^ {above here}
       (One icon is for wireless, the other for wired connection.)
Hold mouse over wireless icon for more info.
Red x means that mode is not connected. Reasons:
       if Wireless antenna has not been yet switched on, or.
       if wireless dialogue box needs the "Allow me.." question to be checked
              see below in settings dialogue

If no such taskbar icons appear, an alternate path to getting at wireless network connection settings is given and described in full below.

4.  Adjusting your laptop's Wireless Network Connection settings: Please note: adjusting your Wireless Settings may not be necessary. Especially if you auto-connect by default. Settings can also differ depending on whether Windows or another Client is managing your wireless device. Most users seems to do best by letting Microsoft Windows manage the wireless device, (see step 5.7) Sometimes users may have Dell laptops that currently have "Intel PROset wireless" managing their wireless settings instead of Windows, (see section 6).

5.  Other resources:
     Reference Desk
     John Dillon, x7349
     Info. Tech / Helpdesk

Illustrated step-by-step help using Microsoft Windows wireless manager dialogues

Illustrated step-by-step help using Non-Microsoft application, wireless dialogues (example: Intel PROset Wireless)

Wireless Limitations and Disclaimers


Please note: our wireless networking is provided as a matter of convenience. It is not secure and it is not encrypted using WEP, WPA, or etc. Wireless users should not transmit credit card information, passwords or any other sensitive personal information over the library's wireless network. Unless you take additional precautions, information sent to or from your laptop/pda/etc. can be intercepted by a third party that has the appropriate hardware/software and is within range of the network.

Anti-virus and security protection are the responsibility of the patron. Since all laptops are different, library staff are not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make or sustain a wireless connection. The library assumes no responsibility for the safety of your wireless equipment or for wireless device configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the library's network.

By choosing to use this service you agree to these limitations and to abide by the College's policy on the Acceptable Use of Technology. This policy is posted online by the College's Department of Information Technology and states the limitations of internet access, your responsibilities for using that access, and provides examples of acceptable and unacceptable uses.

 

Wired Ports Available


Wired ports are available for community members who do not have a wireless network card. Locations of these ports are as follows:

  • Upper Level: across from the elevator, next to the PC
  • Lower Level: across from the elevator on the carousel-style carrel