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Wireless PolicyMadison Public Library Wireless Policy
Approved by the Library Board of Trustees – September 9, 2004
The Madison Public Library provides unfiltered wireless Internet connectivity offered as a RoseNet service for users with Wireless enabled laptops.
This service is not to be used as a permanent connection. Wireless patrons may be asked to present a library card, either from the Madison Public Library or another library in the Madison area.
By choosing to use this free wireless service you agree to abide by the Library’s Acceptable Use Policy that prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library’s Internet service. This policy can be under the Library’s Notices:
Copies are also available at the Information Desk and at the public access computer stations.
It is the responsibility of the user to understand this Acceptable Use Policy and his/her obligation to refrain from viewing inappropriate websites, spamming or any illegal activities.
Use of the wireless network is at your own risk and the Madison Public Library is not responsible for any damage that may occur to your computer while connected.Limitations
Wi-Fi is less secure than a wired network. Signal strength may vary in the building. There is no printing capability.
Your laptop must have a wireless network interface card (NIC), 802.11b standard as well as a charged battery.
If you cannot get a connection try the following: make sure your wireless card is inserted; refer to the manual for the wireless card; check that the network settings for your card are set to “obtain an IP address automatically;” try to stop/start the card or even reboot your computer.
Learn more about wireless at www.linksys.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Wireless Internet and what do I need to use it?
You need a Wireless enabled laptop to use this Wi-Fi access point. Many recently purchased laptops are configured for a Wireless Internet and some come equipped with a wireless card. Otherwise you will need to purchase a Wi-Fi capable network card ($50-$90). Wi-Fi uses a 2.4 GHz microwave radio signal to reach through walls, floors and ceilings just like a cordless phone.
Access points have a network name called an SSID (service set identifier).How does it work?
Wireless access points are located throughout the library. These points communicate with your wireless device. You should be able to connect almost anywhere in the building and on the grounds. A message will appear on your screen indicating a wireless network is available when your wireless network card senses a signal.
What software is needed?
Many Wireless Internet laptops will automatically find the Wireless network and automatically configure the Wi-Fi network card to XXX. Windows XP contains software in the operating system to automatically find Wireless networks within range of the laptop. If your laptop has trouble finding the network, it could be a problem with the network card configuration information or with the software.
Check your manufacturer’s literature for wireless card configuration information to make sure that the card is configured with MPLTrain, MPLChild, and MPLAdmin and does not have data security encryption enabled.
For software problems you should consider downloading a free utility from Boingo(http://www.boingo.com/download.html?windows) that will find Wireless networks. You don’t have to subscribe to the Boingo service to use the free utility program.
What can I do from this access point?
The Wi-Fi access point allows you to connect your laptop to the Internet at broadband speeds. Through this connection you can surf the Web, access the library catalog, conduct Instant Messenger conversations, and check your email. Many Internet Service Providers (ISP) offer Web-based email for situations when you don’t have direct access to your ISP account. Check with your ISP to see if they have a Web-based email for sending and receiving emssages.
Users are expected to follow the Madison Public Library’s Acceptable Use Policy when using this Wi-Fi connection.Are radio signals safe? The Wi-Fi network meets all guidelines for safety. For more information seehttp://www.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety/rffaqs.html. Are my data or e-mail secured?
Wireless transmissions, by their nature, can be intercepted very easily. The transmissions in and out of your laptop over a wireless network can be easily captured and/or read. If your data are not encrypted when they leave your computer they are not secure. It is recommended that you do NOT use this Wireless Internet for secure transactions, such as banking, investments, or even proprietary information. More authoritative information is available at http://www.wififreespot.com/faqs.html.Can the library staff help me configure my computer?
You are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment.
Pleased be advised that:
Due to insurance limitations and warranties, library staff members cannot configure your laptop or install PCMCIA cards
The Library assumes no responsibility for any alterations or interference with a laptop’s configuration, operation, or data files resulting from connection to the wireless network.
Virus and security protection is the user’s responsibility. The Library assumes no responsibility for damage, theft, or loss of any kind to a user’s equipment, software, data files or other personal property brought into or used at the Library’s facilities.
The Library cannot guarantee that the service will be available at any specific time nor can the Library accept reservations for wireless access.
The connection shall not be used for illegal or time-consuming commercial purposes. Please restrict your use to the connection to 1 hour while others are waiting.
Patrons shall defend, indemnify and hold the Borough of Madison, its officers, employees, and agents harmless against all claims, actions, and judgments based upon or arising out of the patron’s use of Library wireless connections.