Internet Computers at the Main Library
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  • Free wireless internet access (WiFi) is available at both library locations. 
  • You can connect with your own device, or, if you are a library card holder in good standing, you can checkout one of our notebooks to use.
  • Look for the wireless network named "WCPL-WiFi".
  • You do not need a library card to connect to the wireless internet.
  • Wireless internet connection is filtered.  If you are 18 years of age or older you may request a staff member to override the internet filter.

Get Connected

  1. Be sure your wireless card or device is turned on and set to use WiFi
  2. Open a web browser on your device.
  3. You will be prompted to accept the Library's Internet Policy Agreement.  If you do not accept this agreement you will not gain access.
  4. If you agreed to the policy you will get the "Login Successful" message.  If you plan to print follow the printing instructions on this screen before going any further.
  5. You are done and can begin searching the internet.

Help

I don’t see the library’s wireless network.
  • Try sitting in a different spot in the library
  • Make sure your wireless switch is not turned off. It is often located on the side or top of your computer and might have a symbol that looks like an antenna.  Or you might have to use the Function keys.  Check with your computer’s user manual to find its location if needed.
I can see "WCPL-WiFi" but cannot connect.
  • Your firewall might be the problem. Try turning off your firewall or configuring it to allow outgoing wireless connections. Don’t know where your firewall is? If you have a Windows operating system and just a basic firewall: go to the start button, select “Control Panel,” and then “Windows Firewall.”
  • Many firewalls do not allow redirects. Your browser must first be redirected to our login page. If you do not allow redirects you cannot login to our network.
How do I release and renew my IP address?

If you have a new computer, have moved your computer, or there has been an outage, you might not be able to get on the library’s WiFi because of an IP address issue. Try these steps:

Windows 7

  1. click on the Start Menu
  2. type “cmd” in the search box that appeared above the start button and then press Enter
  3. type “ipconfig /release” and hit Enter after the IP is reset to 0.0.0.0, type “ipconfig /renew” and hit Enter.  Your computer should then see its correct IP address.

Windows Vista

  1. click on the Start Menu
  2. type “cmd” in the search box that appeared above the start button
  3. wait for “cmd.exe” to show up in the start menu area (under the heading “Programs”)
  4. right-click on “cmd.exe” and select “Run as Administrator” from the context menu that pops-up
  5. If a dialog box comes up (User Account Control) asking you for permission, select “Continue” to open the command prompt
  6. type “ipconfig /release” and hit Enter after the IP is reset to 0.0.0.0, type “ipconfig /renew” and hit Enter.  Your computer should then see its correct IP address.

Windows XP or 2000

  1. click on the Start Menu, and select Run
  2. type “cmd” in the Open box and click OK
  3. type “ipconfig /release” and hit Enter after the IP is reset to 0.0.0.0, type “ipconfig /renew” and hit Enter.  Your computer should then see its correct IP address.

Macintosh OS X

  1. go to the Apple Menu and select System Preferences
  2. click on the Network icon
  3. on the TCP/IP tab, set the Configure drop-down menu to Manual; type random numbers into the IP address field, and click Apply Now; after the IP is reset to those random numbers, reselect Using DHCP from the drop-down menu, and click Apply Now. Your computer should then see its correct IP address.

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, within three hundred feet.
  • 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.
  • Library staff cannot assist you if you have issues. Instead try some of the troubleshooting suggestions above.