Boyden Library Wireless Internet Access Policy and FAQ
The Boyden Library offers free high-speed wireless access to the Internet to library patrons with appropriately equipped wireless devices. The wireless network is fully IEEE802.11b/11g compatible. The service is available daily during library hours, and the network can be accessed from most areas within the library.
Wireless access in the Children’s Room is available only to children and their accompanying parents or caregivers. Children ages 17 and under must have signed permission from their parent or guardian on file at the library Parents and caregivers are encouraged to supervise children’s Internet activity.
When you access the Internet from any Boyden Library network or computer, you are agreeing to abide by the Boyden Library’s Internet Policy. Please review this policy before accessing the wireless network.
Library patrons need only to launch a web browser to establish a connection to the Boyden Library Wireless Network, recognized simply as “Boyden” by your device. Your browser’s homepage will appear and you may begin surfing immediately. If your device does not connect see the appropriate FAQ below.
Advantages of the Boyden Library Wireless Network
* No waiting for an available public PC
* No enforced time limits; connect for as long as you like
* Available at study tables and in the library’s Quiet Study Area
* Fast broadband connection
* Ability to download files
* Save files permanently to your own device
Limitations of the Boyden Library Wireless Network
* No printing services available at this time
* A wireless network is less secure than a wired network (see FAQ below)
* Signal strength varies within the library
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What do I need to connect to the wireless network in the library?
You will need a WiFi-compliant 802.11 b/11 g wireless Ethernet device installed in your laptop. Most new laptops are already configured for wireless. You will also need a web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox.
Is it difficult to connect to the wireless network?
Not usually. Most laptops that come configured for wireless access can automatically pick up the wireless signal. The following settings should be used:
SSID or network name: Boyden
TCP/IP or Network Settings:” DHCP enabled” or “obtain an IP address automatically”
DNS: obtain DNS address automatically
Gateway: no default gateway set – your card should detect it automatically
Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect?
No special encryption settings, user names, or passwords are required.
Is technical support available from the library staff?
No. Technical support from the library staff is not available. You must be familiar with your device and know how to set it up for wireless access.
Where is the wireless access available?
Network access is available from most areas inside the library.
What speed is the internet connection?
The wireless network accesses the internet using a broadband high speed internet line. The speed of this connection will vary based on the traffic; however speeds of 1 MB/sec are typical.
Can I download large files?
The wireless bandwidth is shared with all other wireless users in the library. To show consideration for others' needs, we ask that you not download excessively large files, use peer-to-peer file sharing programs, or access streaming audio/video.
Is my information safe while using wireless?
If you are accessing sensitive business or personal information, your information is not protected unless you are connected to a web page with encryption (stores, banks, etc.).
Can I search the Library Catalog and special databases using wireless?
You can access the SAILS Library Network catalog and databases using the following link: http://www.sailsinc.org/. Database access requires a library card and pin number.
The wireless access data line is provided by COMCAST as a public service to the Boyden Library and its patrons.
The Library takes no responsibility for any damage caused to your laptop or handheld device from configuration changes or software downloaded while accessing the Library’s public wireless network.
Please update your anti-virus software before connecting to the Internet.