Wireless

Overview

The Pueblo City-County Library District provides wireless Internet access at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Library, Lamb Library, and Pueblo West Library. Please understand the responsibility to configure your wireless device falls upon the individual user; library staff will not be able to provide technical assistance regarding your wireless configuration and connection. In order to utilize the wireless network, you will need the following:

  • A wireless device that is 802.11 b/g compliant
  • A properly configured wireless device
  • Internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple's Safari

Customers logging onto PCCLD provided public library computers or the Internet are required to consent to the Internet Access and Wireless Use policy and the Internet Access Agreement before using the library's Internet services.

PCCLD expects library customers to observe normal rules of common courtesy. Library customers who are not courteous to others will be asked to stop their discourteous behavior or leave the library.

Persons who fail to observe these guidelines will be asked to leave the premises by library staff or be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution by state and local authorities.

Configuration

In order to access the Internet your wireless device needs to have the following settings configured:

  • Network Mode = Infrastructure (Any Access Point)
  • Network Name or SSID
    • Rawlings Library = rawlings_public_wireless
    • Barkman Library = barkman_public_wireless
    • Lamb Library = lamb_public_wireless
    • Pueblo West Library = west_public_wireless
  • IP Settings = Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) enabled or obtain IP address automatically
  • DNS = Obtain DNS address automatically
  • Gateway = Obtain default gateway automatically
  • Security = Security encryption, such as WEP, needs to be disabled.

Please select your operating system to see how to connect your laptop/netbook:

Using Windows 7
First ensure your wireless device is enabled.

Click the wireless icon located in the tooldbar on the bottom right corner.

Depending on the library location you are in, you will see libraryname_public_wireless.

Select the correct wireless connection name based on your library location.

Click the "Connect" button.
Using Windows Vista
First ensure your wireless device is enabled.

Click on "Start", also known as the "Windows Button".

Select "Connect To".

Select "Wireless Network Connection".

Depending on the library location you are in, you will see libraryname_public_wireless.

Select the correct wireless connection name based on your library location.

Click the "Connect" button.
Using Windows 2000 and XP
First ensure your wireless device is enabled.

Click on "Start"

Select "Connect To".

Select "Wireless Network Connection".

Depending on the library location you are in, you will see libraryname_public_wireless.

Select the correct wireless connection name based on your library location.

Click the "Connect" button.
Using Mac OS X
First ensure your wireless device is enabled.

Select the Airport Status icon on the minibar.

Depending on the library location you are in, you will see libraryname_public_wireless.

Select the correct wireless connection name based on your library location.

Click the "Connect" button.

FAQ

Can I print from my laptop to a printer located within library?
Not at this time; we are working on adding this capability, please check back at a later time. In order to print, you will need to save your work to a floppy, open your file from one of our Internet PC's, and print from there.
Is the wireless network secure?
No, our wireless network is unencrypted; this allows for open access to the public. You are responsible for protecting your laptop from Internet security threats such as computer viruses, spyware, hackers, spam, online fraud, and identify theft. Some recommendations would be to install an anti-virus protection program and personal firewall. Another suggestion would be to disable file/print sharing to protect against instrusion and data theft.
I have Linux on my laptop, will this work?
Yes, Linux will work on our wireless network as long as the wireless network adapter is 802.11 b/g compliant. Please keep in mind that configuring the wireless adapter is your responsibility, please do not ask the library staff as they will not be able to assist you.
Is wireless access available at all of the libraries in the Pueblo City-County Library District?
Wireless Internet is available at all library locations, except satellite locations. Wireless Internet is available at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Library, Barkman Library, Lamb Library, and Pueblo West Library.
My signal strength is weak, how can I improve it?
If your wireless adapter is configured correctly, the best way to improve signal strength is to position your wireless device to the closest access point. Access points are wireless transmitters that send signals in order for wireless devices to access the network. A wireless user can access the wireless network from just about anywhere within the Rawlings building, but the closer you are to an access point, the better your signal strength will be. The wireless access points are visible throughout each library on the ceilings.
I have a question that is not listed here, what should I do?
Please access the Contact Us page and send us your question.