Wireless@YDL

You are invited to explore the Ypsilanti District Library’s Internet access using your own wireless-enabled laptop computer. Wireless access is available in all public areas at YDL-Whittaker Road, YDL-Michigan, and YDL-Superior. Simply launch your web browser, and you will be automatically redirected to the Library Wi-Fi login page. You will have to enter your library card number to gain access to the wireless network provided by the library. If you do not have a library card, you may obtain a guest card number from any YDL reference desk for a $2 fee. After successfully logging in at the Wi-Fi login page, you will be redirected to the Ypsilanti District Library web page. You may begin surfing!

Hardware Requirements

You will need a WiFi-compliant 802.11b/g Ethernet device installed in your laptop or a laptop with built-in Wi-Fi capability.

Software Requirements

A web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Netscape Navigator. TCP/IP set to obtain IP address automatically from a server.

Configuration methods for Windows and Macintosh laptop computers are available in separate documentation and may be obtained at a YDL reference desk. Below are some steps to take for troubleshooting connectivity issues with your Windows or Macintosh laptop computers after correctly configuring your TCP/IP settings.

Troubleshooting Windows Vista / Windows 7 Systems
  1. Click the Start button
  2. Type: cmd in the Start Search text box.
  3. Press Ctrl-Shift-Enter to run Command Prompt as Administrator. Allow elevation request
  4. Type: netsh winsock reset in the Command Prompt shell, and hit Enter
  5. Restart the computer (for best result)
Troubleshooting Windows NT, XP, and Windows 2000 Systems
  1. Go to Start, then Run and type: CMD. Click OK. A command prompt window will appear.
  2. Type the following in the command prompt window:
    Ipconfig /all (This will display full configuration information)*
    Ipconfig /release (Releases current IP address)
    Ipconfig /renew (Renews the IP address)*

* Denotes correct IP information. Will be in the format of (10.0.201.X) and netmask of (255.255.255.0) DNS will be (10.0.201.240).

Troubleshooting Windows 95 and Windows 98 Systems
  1. Go to Start, then Run and type: WINIPCFG. Click OK. The IP configuration window will appear.
  2. Click on the More Info button.
  3. If you are having an IP address conflict, click on the Release All button to release the current IP address, and then click on the Renew All button to renew the IP address.
Troubleshooting Apple Macintosh Powerbooks or iBooks

Your laptop must have the recent versions of MacTCP Control Panel installed. This control panel comes with system software and should be pre-installed.

If you have other MacTCP configurations that you would like to save, MacTCP Switcher is a useful utility for storing several set-ups.

To configure your MacTCP, choose Connect via Ethernet.

Troubleshooting Mac OS X: Force reconfiguration of IP settings

Either restart your computer or follow these steps:

  1. Close any open Internet applications (such as Web browsers and email). Be sure to save any changes to any open documents.
  2. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  3. Choose Network from the View menu.
  4. Choose Active Network Ports from the Show menu.
  5. Deselect the "on" checkbox for port you use to connect to the Internet (such as Built-in Ethernet or AirPort).
  6. Click Apply Now.
  7. Reselect the checkbox for the port.
  8. Click Apply Now.
  9. Open a Web browser, and attempt to connect.
Troubleshooting Mac OS 9: Force reconfiguration of IP settings

Either restart your computer or follow these steps:

  1. Close any open Internet applications (such as Web browsers and email). Be sure to save any changes to any open documents.
  2. Open the TCP/IP control panel.
  3. Choose User Mode from the Edit menu.
  4. Click the radio button for Advanced.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Options.
  7. Click the radio button for Inactive.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Close the TCP/IP control panel.
  10. When prompted, click Save.
  11. Open the TCP/IP control panel.
  12. When prompted, click Yes.
  13. Close the TCP/IP control panel.
  14. Open a Web browser, and attempt to connect.
Limitations and Disclaimers

The Library’s wireless network is not secure. Information sent from or to your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software.

Library staff cannot provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection.

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.

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