Wireless Access

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Acceptable Use Policy

While you are using Western Allegheny Community Library’s wireless access, you agree to be bound by our policies for computer use and Internet access. The Internet connection will be filtered in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Wi-Fi FAQs

Is there a fee to use the library’s wireless internet?
There is no fee for this service.

Can I print from my own computer while connected to Wi-Fi?
Yes, you can print using public Wi-Fi. See the instructions below for more details. Standard printing fees apply.

What do I need to access the Wi-Fi?
You need a laptop, netbook, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Android phone, Blackberry, or other device with an IEEE standard 802.11b, 80211g, or 80211n (sometimes known as AirPort or Wireless -B/G/N) wireless network adapter installed. Most new laptops, sold in the past few years, have at least Wireless-G standard. If you do not have built-in wireless access, the adapters are available at most major retailers. The library cannot update the device or install drivers for you. Note: Although Wireless-N devises can connect to the library network, they will be limited to the range and speed of a wireless-G device.

Can I use my Nintendo DS or PlayStation Portable with the library’s wireless network?
The library wireless network does not support the use of portable gaming devices. We apologize for the inconvenience.

How do I connect to the Wi-Fi?
You must configure your wireless card to connect to the “Western Allegheny Community Library” wireless network. Detailed instructions for most major operating systems and browsers are below.

Is the wireless network secure?
The library’s wireless network is an open, public access network. For ease of configuration, the library has chosen not to encrypt the wireless network; patrons should be aware that information sent wirelessly may be intercepted. Avoid entering sensitive information while using the library’s Wi-Fi service, unless the web site you are visiting provides SSL encryption. (This is usually indicated by a lock icon in the address bar or status bar of the browser window). Please be aware that you may have to disable your computer’s firewall to access the wireless network.

Connecting to the Wi-Fi

Windows 8/10
1.    Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings. (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
2.    Tap or click the Network icon and make sure Wi-Fi is turned on.
3.    Tap or click the “Western Allegheny Community Library” wireless network, and then tap or click Connect.
4.    There is no password required.  However, the first time you connect to a website during your session, you will be asked to enter your library card number.

Windows 7
These instructions assume you are using Microsoft’s built-in wireless setup tool. A video version of this tutorial is available.
1.  Open Connect to a Network by right-clicking the network icon (it will appear as several bars) in the notification area.
2.  In the list of available wireless networks, click the “Western Allegheny Community Library” wireless network, and then click Connect.
3.  There is no password required.  However, the first time you connect to a website during your session, you will be asked to enter your library card number.

Windows Vista
These instructions assume you are using Microsoft’s built-in wireless setup tool.
1.  Click Start, and then click Connect To.
2.  Click the “Western Allegheny Community Library” wireless network, and then click Connect.
3.  There is no password required.  However, the first time you connect to a website during your session, you will be asked to enter your library card number.

Windows XP
These instructions assume you are using Microsoft’s built-in wireless setup tool.
1.  Right-click the network connection icon in the notification area, and then click View Available Wireless Networks.
2.  In Connect to Wireless Network, under Available Networks, click the “Western Allegheny Community Library” wireless network.
3.  Click Connect.
4.  There is no password required.  However, the first time you connect to a website during your session, you will be asked to enter your library card number.

Mac OS X
These instructions assume you are using Mac OS X 10.5 or later with an Apple-supplied AirPort card.
1.  Click the AirPort menu and choose “Western Allegheny Community Library” from the list of wireless networks.
2.  There is no password required. However, the first time you connect to a website during your session, you will be asked to enter your library card number.

iOS Devices (iPod, iPad, iPhone)
1.  Touch the Settings app on the home screen, then touch the Wi-Fi section. Choose “Western Allegheny Community Library” from the list of available wireless networks.
2.  If you are using an app other than Safari to view Internet content, you may have to enter your library card number in a “Log In” box before the app will function.

Smartphones
Please read your device’s user guide for information on connecting to wireless networks.

Other Operating Systems
If you happen to be using Linux or another operating system, chances are that you are technically savvy enough to not need step-by-step instructions. So:
1.  Make sure that you are connecting via DHCP
2.  The network appears as “Western Allegheny Community Library”.
3.  There is no password necessary because the library network does not use encryption. The first time you connect to a website in a given session, you will be asked to enter your library card number.

Wireless Printing

Windows
1. Download the EnvisionWare Mobile Print Client for Windows. If you are prompted to run or save the application, choose “Run.” PLEASE NOTE: You may need to alter or disable security settings in order to download the Mobile Print Client.
2. Click the EnvisionWare Moble Print Client icon that appears in the notification area. The Print Client window should appear. Do not close this window until printing is complete.
3.  Print as you normally would. You should now be able to select the library’s printer.
4.  When you print, you will be prompted to enter a “User ID”; just enter your name or initials. You will receive a message telling you how much the print job will cost. Click “OK” to send the print job to the print queue.
5.  Come to the front desk to pick up and pay for your prints.
6.  When you close the Print Client window, the library’s printers will disappear from your computer.

Mac OS X
The EnvisionWare Print Client for Mac OS will only function on an Intel-based Mac computer.
1.  Download the EnvisionWare Mobile Print Client for Mac OS. Double-click the print client application to run it. PLEASE NOTE: You may need to alter or disable security settings in order to download the Mobile Print Client.
2.  When the EnvisionWare Mobile Print Client icon appears in the Dock, you are ready to print.
3.  Print as you normally would. You should now be able to select the library’s printer as a printer choice.
4.  When you print, you will be prompted to enter a “User ID”; just enter your name or initials. You will receive a message telling you how much the print job will cost. Click “OK” to send the print job to the print queue.
5.  Come to the front desk to pick up and pay for your prints.
6.  Rick-click or control-click on the Mobile Print Client icon in the Dock and choose “Quit.”  The library’s printers will disappear from your computer.