Internet Access is Available!
What is wireless Internet access and how do I use it at the
What is wireless?
- Wireless Internet access uses radio frequency signals to exchange
information between your computer and the Internet.
- No cables are required.
- Wireless allows library users to bring their own computers to the
library and to get Internet access.
- Wireless enables the library to offer this service without having to
go through the great expense of upgrading and installing new wiring.
- Library users can use their wireless laptop computers to get
Internet access at any table or chair in the library and are not
limited to the normal computer areas of the library.
How do I use wireless at the library?
- The Coopersville Area District Library uses the WiFi standard
(also known as IEEE 802.11b/g).
- You will need to bring your own laptop computer to the library and
it will need to have built-in WiFi or you will need to install a WiFi
- Most WiFi equipment will be compatible. However, the library system
can make no guarantees as to compatibility of your equipment with the
- Printers are not part of the Wireless Internet Access program in the
library. If you need to print, please save the work to disk, then use
a workstation and send print jobs to a printer.
Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect?
- No, the library's network is open to all visitors.
- No special encryption settings, user names, nor passwords are
- Can the library help me configure my computer?
- Sorry, everyone's computer is different and you are responsible for
knowing how to configure your own equipment.
- Some helpful tips are included on this page.
- The Library cannot be responsible for any changes you make to your
- If you need additional assistance, you may need to contact the
manufacturers of your hardware or software.
General Information for all systems
NOTE: The following instructions are general
guidelines and require that you understand how to configure and restore
the settings of your own computer. It is best to try to use the Internet
before attempting any of the changes suggested on this page.
Wireless Card Settings:
Use the software that came with your wireless card or computer to
configure the settings and to verify a connection to the library’s
- SSID (network name) = “any” or "TCHRTL" (without
- WEP = disable WEP encryption
- Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure mode or Access Point
1. Click Start, then Connect To
Click the wireless network to which you want to connect, and then click
NOTE: If you would normally assign an IP
address to your wireless connection, make sure you have your IP settings
set to "Obtain an IP address automatically."
To make sure your settings
are set properly do the following:
1. Go to Start and right
click on Network and then click Properties.
and Sharing Center window will appear, then click Manage network
connections (For Windows 7 select "Change Adapter Settings").
Network Connections window will appears. Here you can right click on the
network card that you wish to configure and click Properties.
4. In the Local Area Connection Properties window, tick on Internet
Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
Select "Obtain an IP address automatically" and “Obtain DNS server address
6. Click OK.
1. From Control Panel, select "Network and Dial-up Connections"
or "Network and Internet Connections > Internet Connections."
2. Right-click on “Wireless Network Connection” or “Local Area
Connection” and click Properties.
3. Locate the Internet TCP/IP protocol and get into its Properties. If
more than one TCP/IP protocol is listed, look for the one associated with
your wireless adapter.
4. Select "Obtain an IP address automatically" and “Obtain DNS
server address automatically."
5. For XP, right click on “Wireless Network Connection” and select
“View Available Wireless Networks.”
Internet Explorer Tips:
Please note that depending on your version of software, there may be
variations in the procedures.
1. From Control Panel, select Internet Options > Connections tab.
2. If you also have a dial-up connection, it should not be set to
"Always dial my default connection."
3. LAN Settings should be "Automatically detect settings" and
leave the Proxy server settings blank.
Network Settings (OS 8 & 9):
1. Select: Apple Menu > Control Panel > TCP/IP.
2. Connect via "AirPort" or other wireless (WiFi) ethernet.
3. Configure "Using DHCP Server."
4. Leave Name Server and Additional Search domains blank.
Network Settings (OS X):
1. Select: Apple Menu > System Preferences > Network button.
2. Select TCP/IP tab and Configure "Using DHCP."
3. Above the TCP/IP tab, you may need to Configure via "AirPort"
or other wireless (WiFi) ethernet.
4. Leave Domain Name Servers and Search Domains blank.