Northville District Library

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays for Summer
Phone: 248-349-3020

Wi-Fi How To

The intention of this document is to demonstrate how to use the Wireless Internet Hotspot at the Northville District Library. This document uses Windows 7 as the demonstration Operating System. While your wireless device may not use Windows 7, the concepts and information included are the same for all wireless devices. Some items may appear differently with your wireless device than illustrated here.

Step One: Making Sure your Computer is Compatible

The Operating System is NOT a reliable measure of compatibility here. Instead, it is the wireless card or availability of a Network Interface Card (NIC). NDL's Wireless Hotspot will support IEEE 802.11 b, g or n type protocols throughout most of the Library. We also provide patch cables for connection to the Hotspot via Network Interface Card. If you are not sure in either case, please refer to the manuals that came with your computer.

Some Laptops or Notebook computers include an ON/OFF switch specifically for wireless. This switch is intended to save battery power. Make sure your WIRELESS is switched on before you connect.

 

Step Two: Connecting to the Wireless
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Please locate the Wireless Network Connection named
"Northville Library".

You will find MANY other Wireless Network Connections while in the Library, but only "Northville Library" is open and available for you to gain access from. Other SSIDs visible in the Library exist for the Library Staff, Public Equipment, and even nearby businesses and locales like the Northville Community Center.

CLICK on the "Northville Library" icon, and then click on CONNECT.
(Despite the warning in the example to the left, our wireless system does NOT allow you to view the contents of other connected users, nor vice versa).

After you connect, you still need to load your web browser to accept the connection terms. You do NOT need a username and password to acess the Wireless.

The wireless signal is available only during open hours!
Step Three: Authenticate

Once you have a wireless signal, connected to "Northville Library", load up your preferred Web Browser (Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, etc).

wf-3-pt1Upon opening your web browser, you should be presented with a screen like the one illustrated to the left here.

This screen includes the text of the Library's POLICY ON INTERNET ACCESS.  You must read through this and scroll to the bottom of the page.

At the bottom you will see a button which reads: AGREE AND CONTINUE TO INTERNET.

Please be aware of the Library's Policy on Internet Use and Guidlines for Internet Use

Assuming you DO agree with the terms, click on the button and you will be taken to the Library's home page. 

You may then browse through the Internet as you wish.

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(abbreviated example)
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If you have any questions or issues with Wireless Usage at the Northville District Library, please ask for help downstairs at the Reference Desk. Our Computer Pages are always ready to help you