Wireless Internet Access

Brooklyn Public Library provides free wireless Internet access to library users with appropriately equipped and configured laptop computers. Wireless Internet access is available at the Central Library and all branch libraries.

Requirements
  • You will need a Wi-Fi compliant 802.11b/g wireless device installed in your laptop, or a laptop with integrated Wi-Fi capability.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or any other web browser.
Connecting to the Network using Windows 7
  • Click on the Windows Logo at the bottom left of the screen (Formerly "Start")
  • Go to "Control Panels"
  • Click on "Network & Internet"
  • Under "Network & Sharing Center" click "Connect to a Network"
  • In the "Connect to a Network" window "bplunwired" should be visible
  • Select "bplunwired" and click "connect"
  • Launch your browser of choice to connect to the Internet.
Connecting to the Network using Windows 2000 and XP
  • Click on "Start"
  • Go to "Settings" then "Control Panel"
  • Double click on "Network and Dial-up Connections" or "Network Connections"
  • Right-click on all Local Area Connections, click on "Properties"
  • In "Components checked are being used by this connection" select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)"
  • Click on "Properties"
  • Select "Obtain an IP address automatically"
  • Click on "OK"
  • Click on "OK"
  • Restart computer

If are still unable to connect do the following:

  • Click on "Start", "Run" and type cmd, hit the Enter key. (a command window will appear)
  • Then type ipconfig and hit the Enter key.
  • Type in ipconfig /release and hit the Enter key.
  • Type in ipconfig /renew and hit the Enter key.
  • Finally exit the window and launch your web browser to start surfing!
Connecting to the Network using Windows Vista
  • Click on the Windows Logo at the bottom left of the screen (Formerly "Start")
  • Go to "Control Panels"
  • Click on Classic View
  • Double click on "Network & Sharing Center"
  • Under "Tasks" click "Connect to a Network"
  • In the "Connect to a Network" window "bplunwired" should be visible ;
  • Select "bplunwired" and click "connect"
  • Launch your browser of choice to connect to the Internet.
Connecting to the Network using Windows 98
  • Click on "Start"
  • Go to "Settings" then "Control Panel"
  • Double click on "Network"
  • Select the network component associated with the Wi-Fi device
  • Click on "Properties"
  • Select the "IP Address" tab
  • Select "Obtain an IP address automatically"
  • Click "OK"
  • Click "OK"
  • Restart computer

If are still unable to connect do the following:

  • Click on "Start", "Run" and type winipcfg, click "OK". The IP Configuration window will appear.
  • Click on "Release All", then "Renew All"
  • Click "OK"
Connecting to the Network Using Mac OS 10. x
  • At the "Apple menu", select "System Preferences" Select "Network." Verify that "Show": is set to "AirPort".
  • Select the "TCP/IP" tab. The settings should appear as follows: Configure: Using DHCP. Leave all else blank.
  • Click "Save".
  • Under "System Preferences", select "Quit System Preferences." Launch Your Web Browser and start surfing!
Limitations and Disclaimers
  • You may not use BPL's wireless networks to break the law. The use of BPL's wireless networks to commit any crime—including identity theft and related crimes and the viewing and downloading of child pornography—is strictly prohibited. Downloading of copyrighted materials without the express permission of the author is also strictly prohibited. Violators may be prosecuted.
  • The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent to and from your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software.
  • Library staff is not able to 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.
  • Be prepared to use battery power. Not all neighborhood libraries have electrical outlets that are available for laptop connection.
  • Laptops, cords and adapters must be connected to electrical outlets in a way that is compliant with BPL's Public Behavior in the Library Policy Rules of Conduct #7 and #10.