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Internet To Go – JJML Lends WiFi Hotspots

New to our “Library of Things” are five mobile broadband WiFi hotspots that you can borrow.

A mobile hotspot is a device you can use to connect WiFi-enabled laptops, smartphones or tablets, to the internet. The hotspot is portable, so it goes where you go–on the bus, in a park or at home. It’s perfect for business and leisure travel too. JJML’s hotspots provide near-broadband speed internet in any area covered by the Sprint 3G or 4G LTE network. With a hotspot, users no longer have to contend with roaming charges, hotel internet fees and spotty internet access while on the road.

Adult holders of a John Jermain library card may now borrow a WiFi hotspot (one per family), which can support up to 10 WiFi enabled devices simultaneously. Speeds will vary depending on how many devices are connected, the type of connection—3G, 4G, LTE— and the type of data being downloaded. There are no limits on the amount of data that can transmitted through the hotspot.

The hotspots go out for two weeks and cannot be reserved or renewed. They can be checked out from the welcome desk on the first floor (not the lower level). Like other library items, the hotspots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be lent out in the order in which they are requested. At this time, hotspots cannot be borrowed from other libraries nor are John Jermain’s hotspots available to patrons from other libraries. Hotspots must be returned during regular business hours, and may not be left in the book drop. Borrowing and using the device is free, however, a fine of $5.00 per day (maximum $50) will be assessed for overdue items and Internet access will be deactivated within a few days of the device becoming overdue. Should the hotspot or its accessories be lost or damaged, the borrower is responsible for a replacement fee.

The hotspots are easy and convenient to use. Each one is packaged as a kit that includes a case, a charger and an instruction sheet. Accessing the Internet anyplace from the parking lot to Papau New Guinea is as simple as turning on the hotspot, connecting your device to the hotspot’s ID and entering a password. If you don’t have broadband internet access at home, or if you’re traveling to a location where internet service may not be readily available, borrowing a mobile WiFi hotspot from John Jermain is the way to go.

If you have special requirements or technical questions, contact John Jermain’s technology coordinator, Eric Cohen: 631 725.0049 x237 or ericc@johnjermain.org.

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