Wi-Fi Access

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library provides wireless access as a public service.

Free wireless Internet access points or "hot spots" are available at all branches. Wireless Internet access connects your devices to the Internet.

FAQ's about using the wireless network at the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library:

Q:  How does it work?
A:  Wireless Internet (or "Wi-Fi") access points located throughout the library communicate with your wireless device. You should be able to connect almost anywhere in the building. When your wireless network card senses a signal, a message may appear on your screen indicating a wireless network is available.

Q:  Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect?
A:  Yes. A password is required to sign in to the libraries WiFi. You may request the password from any library department at the Main library or the reference desk at any branch.

Use the SSID MRCPL secured. The Library WiFi supports both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networking specifications. Some settings which may help are:

  • SSID or Network Name:  MRCPL secured
  • IP or Network Settings:  DHCP enabled (or) obtain IP address automatically
  • DNS:  obtain DNS automatically
  • Network Mode:   Infrastructure (or) Access point

Q:  Is my information safe while using wireless?
A:  Your information is not protected while using wireless, unless you are connected to a web page that employs encryption (stores, banks, etc.). Keep this in mind if you are accessing sensitive business or personal information.

Q:  Are there any restrictions on my use of the Internet?
A:  Wireless users agree to abide by the Library's Acceptable Use of the Internet & Electronic Resources Policy, which prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library's Internet service. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network. Only web browsing is available via our wireless connection. Services other than http/https, such as telnet, secure shell, etc. are not supported. There is no charge to connect to wireless access at the Library.

Q:  Can I print from the wireless network.
A:  The Library has no Wi-Fi capable printers at this time.

Q:  Is the library's wireless network secured?
A:  No, the Library's wireless network is not secure. Any information you enter or display, including e-mail, can be captured by anyone with a wireless device and the appropriate software within several hundred feet. The Library strongly urges you not to enter passwords, PIN numbers, account numbers or other private information while using the wireless network, and cautions that using the wireless network for e-mail may allow other people to read your e-mail. Use web based e-mail that employs encrypted (https) access if you absolutely must use e-mail.

Q:  What else should I know about using the Library's hotspots?
A:  The Library has a limited number of public tables and seating, and not all seating is within easy reach of electrical outlets. Be prepared for your computer to be self-powered. Do not block or cross aisles or floors with extension or power cords. Your power cord cannot constitute a trip hazard or otherwise block access for Library patrons or staff. Please do not move chairs or tables to electrical outlets.
A:  Turn off any audible sound if you use your laptop computers in the Library, or use headphones. The Library does not provide headphones.
A:  Signal strength and performance will vary within the Library depending on the location of the equipment that produces the radio signals, so some areas of our buildings may not have wireless service or may have slower internet service.
A:  Although the wireless internet service is usually available, it is not guaranteed and during times of high use or technical problems the wireless service may not be available

Q:  Are there any software requirements?
A:  Use a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. The latest version of these browsers will work best for Internet display. The Library does not provide virus or spyware filters for wireless access. You are urged to use the latest versions virus and spyware protection and/or a personal firewall software while using the Library's wireless connection.

Q:  How fast is the wireless connection at the Library?
A:  Each branch Library has either a 1.5 megabits T-1 or a 3 megabits (dual T-1) circuit to the Internet, and shares a 10 megabits aggregate bandwidth. Connection speeds will fluctuate due to varying levels of use at different times of the day, and your proximity to wireless access points and signal strength may have some impact on connection speed.

Q:  Can the library help me configure my computer?
A: Employees in the Computer Lab are happy to provide limited assistance with basic setup. However the Lab cannot help with installing software, hardware, or removing viruses.

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