Northville District Library

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
Phone: 248-349-3020

Wi-Fi and Public Computers

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 Useand 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

 

 

Wireless Printing

Would you like to Print from your Windows wireless device? If Yes, proceed to options A or B. If No Click HERE

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Wireless printing currently works only if your device has Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP installed.

Option A) If you are a first time user:

  1. Click the DOWNLOAD NOW button above. This installs a VIRTUAL WIRELESS PRINTER on your device.
  2. Click Yes to download and Run. (Depending on your browser, you may need to download first, and then launch the PrintControl.exe)
  3. When the Installation completes, a small window will appear on the bottom right corner of your desktop.
  4. Click on "Start Print Session". When the next window appears, Enter your library card number and PIN, and choose "Nort". Do not select either of the Novi devices.
  5. When submitting print jobs, select the "Wireless Printer" to submit your jobs. Any print job submitted while logged in can be retrieved at the Print Release Station
  6. To end the wireless print session, click on "Terminate Session"
  7. To Exit print Client, click on "Terminate Print Client"
  8. To continue after installing, Click HERE


Option B) If you are a returning user:

  1. Go to Start --> Programs --> Wireless Library Print System --> Wireless Print System
  2. Click on "Start Print Session". When the next window appears, Enter your library card number and PIN, and choose "Nort". Do not select either of the Novi devices.
  3. When submitting print jobs, select the "Wireless Printer" to submit your jobs. Any print job submitted while logged in can be retrieved at the Print Release Station.
  4. To end the wireless print session, click on "Terminate session"
  5. To Exit print Client, click on "Terminate Print Client"
  6. To continue after installing, Click HERE


Uninstalling Print Module from your laptop:

If you no longer need Library Wireless printing and are ready to uninstall the print module from your laptop, go to Start --> Programs --> Wireless Library Print System --> Uninstall Wireless Library Print System. This will completely remove the print module from your wireless device.

The following are links to several on-line providers of free e-mail services. The free e-mail services allow you to access your e-mail without having to connect with a local Internet provider. Several other providers allow you to access your e-mail online without having to use telnet or other programs. The Northville District Library does not endorse any of the services linked to this page nor does it provide technical support to users of these services.

Please Note: Use of E-Mail services carries with it the possibility you may receive spam, some of which may contain undesirable content. The Library makes no guarantee that any claims of anti-spam filtering by any free e-mail provider will actually work, nor can the library do anything to help stop spam on your free e-mail account.

Free E-mail

Access Any E-Mail Account

Instant Messenger via Web Browser
These services allow you to access popular Instant Messenger programs from anywhere with a Web Browser.

ISP/DSL Access Pages
The following links are known remote webmail access pages for common ISP's in the area

Other E-Mail Services

University E-Mails

 

Public Internet Computers

Overview | Know Your PIN | Print Release Station | Library Payment Center

The library offers computers to the public for use in accessing the Internet as well as Microsoft Office software – Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and Access.  All computers have CD burners and DVD players.

Computer Use Procedures
To ensure fair and equal access for all library users, we require that you login with a VALID library card and PIN (personal indentification number).  Most of the computers are available for a one-hour session.  If no one else is waiting to use the computers, you may extend your session time, up to a maximum of three hours per day.

If you do not have a library card, you may ask for a guest pass at the Reference Desk, but you must have valid identification.  Guest passes are valid for one, one-hour session.

Please review our complete Guidelines for Internet Use and the Policy on Internet Use

Overview

  • 22 public computers equipped with Internet Access are located on the lower level of the library.
  • All are equipped with adaptive features for patrons with restricted vision, and include large print keyboards (on PC09 and PC10), MS Magnify and MS Narrator.
  • Two Express Workstations are located on the lower level.  Patrons may access the Internet, but cannot print from these stations.  Usage is limited to 15 minutes.
  • Two Genealogy workstations are available in our Local History Room on the lower level.  These workstations feature:  Family Explorer, FamilySearch Indexes, GenSmarts, Ancestry View.  These computers are restricted to Genealogical and Local History sites ONLY.
  • One Digital Microfilm workstation in the Local History Room.  This station has: ST200X Microfilm Scanner, Photoshop Elements 6.  No Internet or word processing.
  • Eight library catalog workstations located on both levels for searching the library’s holdings. No Internet, word processing or printing.

Software Included on 17 Public Internet Computers

  • Windows 7
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Word 2007
  • Microsoft Excel 2007
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Publisher 2007
  • Microsoft Access 2007
  • Microsoft Movie Maker
  • Mango Languages
  • MS Paint
  • IMG Burn

Public Internet Printer
To print from Public Computers, you need to put money on your library card.  See more under Print Release Station and Library Payment Center.


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Know Your PIN
You need to know your PIN (Personal Identification Number), a password which is attached to each library card before you can log into the computers and to print from the computers. Each library card is assigned a default PIN when issued, but we encourage you to change it to your own, unique PIN.

If you do not know your PIN, bring your library card OR photo identification and library staff can look up your PIN.


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Print Release Station
To print from the public computers, you must first load money on to your library card at the Library Payment Center. All print jobs are sent to the Print Release Station located on the lower level copy/print room next to the elevator.
When you select print, a pop-up screen will tell you the number of pages you will print and the total cost. Select the right printer for your job: BlackWhite OR Color. Black and white copies are 10 cents per page and color copies are 50 cents per page. You have two options to decline a print job (at the computer AND at the Print Release Station). Please note that NO REFUNDS will be given for pages printed that you do not want.

At the Print Release Station, find your print job and highlight it to print. All print jobs remain active until the close of that day. You MUST click I'M FINISHED to clear your account information from the Print Release Station.


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Library Payment Center
You must add money to your library card or visitor card at the Library Payment Center in the Copy/Print Room.  You can add money in increments from 10 cents up to $5.00. You will need to know your PIN (Personal Identification Number) to add money to your library card.

You can get change from the Library Payment Center by choosing "Change from my Account". No change can be made at the Reference Desk.


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