In response to the increasing demand for Internet
access on its public computers, the library has installed equipment
that will allow patrons with properly equipped laptop computers to wirelessly
access the library’s
high-speed Internet connection.
Locations with this type of Internet access are commonly known as wireless
hotspots, and are becoming increasingly common as wireless networking
technology often referred to as WiFi, becomes more mainstream. With this
technology in place, library patrons can bring their own laptop computers
to the library and use them to access the Internet as well as the familiar
programs and personal documents stored on their computers.
Library Director Catherine Creedon says that this service alleviates some of the demand
for the traditional wired public access computers.
The demand typically reaches its peak during the summer season, but
remains fairly high year-round. “Waiting
times for our seven public access stations have decreased as more and more patrons
opt to bring their own laptops and connect wirelessly. Our wired-stations
are most commonly used to read e-mail, which requires a connection to
the Internet. Now that those with their own computers can connect wirelessly,
we are able to provide Internet access to more patrons than ever before,” Creedon
“The wireless access moved with us to our temporary location at 34 West Water Street,”
said John Jermain’s Coordinator of Technology and Media, Eric Cohen. “We used the opportunity of the move to uprade our WiFi network by installing equipment that supports the technical standard
known as 802.11n. Our hotspot also supports the older and more
common standards known as 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g. Continuing to support the older standardspermits
a significantly larger group of wireless laptop owners to utilize the
system.” The main difference between the various types of wireless
access is the speed at which the transmitting and receiving radios are
able to move data. 802.11n reaches speeds of up to 100 Mbps (megabits per second). The
802.11g standard supports speeds up to 54Mbs, while 802.11b peaks at 11Mbs.
In order to take advantage
of this new technology, laptop computers must be equipped with a wireless
network adapter supporting the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n standards.
In addition, the library has three laptops computers (two PCs, one Macintosh) equipped with wireless technology that are available for loan to library patrons. We also have a wireless network adapter to loan patrons who may own
older laptop comptuers which are not equipped for wireless Internet access.The wireless adaptors and laptop computers are available to library cardholders for in-library use only.
Experienced WiFi users will
find it quiet simple to configure their systems to connect to the library’s
network. Just connect to the JJER-Publc WiFi network and then open a browser, and agree to our terms and conditions. Please note that printing is not currently available to WiFi users. Those with less experience will be able to get technical support
from the network administrator. For more information contact Eric Cohen
at 631-725-0049, ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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