WiFi Access at the Yolo County Library

Wireless Access at Yolo County Library Branches

Wireless Printing at Winters Community Library            

Wireless Printing at Esparto Regional Library

Wireless Printing at Stephens- Davis Branch       

All branches of the Yolo County Library provide wireless access to the Internet. The WiFi network is unfiltered in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy of the Yolo County Library. These wireless networks can be accessed using PCs with various Microsoft operating systems such as XP, Vista or Windows 7. 

Warning: This wireless service is not inherently secure. We cannot guarantee the privacy of your data and communications while using the wireless service. When using this service you are doing so at your own risk.

The County and the Library assume no responsibility for damages that occur when using this service.
Library staff cannot assist you with your laptop, network card, configuration or troubleshooting. The library cannot accept the liability of handling your equipment.
The Library cannot guarantee that your device will work with the library’s wireless network.


General Requirements

• Agree to abide by the library’s Acceptable Use Policy.
• A laptop or other mobile device with an 802.11b or 802.11g wireless network interface card.
• Be able to configure your device to use the library’s Internet connection.
• A charged battery (electrical outlets are available at many seating locations within the branches but not at all)
• Compatible headphones if you plan on listening to audio files.
• A personal firewall and current antivirus are strongly suggested. It is also suggested that Windows Update be enabled so that all operating system patches will automatically be installed.

Basic Settings

If your laptop doesn’t automatically detect the library’s wireless connection, you will need to configure your wireless connection settings to the following:
• Network type: Infrastructure Mode
• Disable: WEP and/or WPA
• Enable DHCP or set up IP address to Auto Connect”
• Restart your laptop for changes to take effect

Connecting to the Network using Windows Vista, XP or 2000
• Click on Start
• Click on the Network menu item
• Click on the Network and Sharing Center menu at the top of the dialog box
• Click on the Connect to a Network menu item on the left pane
• Select PUBLIC and click on the Connect button to connect to the Yolo County Library’s wireless network.
• A screen will appear indicating that PUBLIC is an unsecured network; click on Connect anyway.
• Open your browser to start searching the Internet

Troubleshooting for Vista
If Windows Vista tells you a wireless connection failed:
• Verify you are attempting to connect to the library’s wireless network which is called PUBLIC;
• Make sure that your wireless adapter is enabled. You can verify this by going to Start > Connect to. When the Connect to a network dialog window is displayed, click Open Network and Sharing Center. When that window opens, click on Manage network connections found on the left-hand side. Depending on your laptop, you may see multiple adapters available in this window. Right-click the adapter named Wireless Network Connection or something similar and click Enable (the icon will have a picture of two monitors with 5 escalating bars). Once your wireless adapter has been enabled, walk through the instructions for Vista settings above to see if this resolves your problem;
• If you have previously been able to connect to the library’s wireless network, check to see if you had saved the connection. There are occasional updates to the library’s wireless service that may require changes that a saved connection would not receive. Delete your existing connection and walk through the instructions to see if this resolves your problem.
• If it says you are connected, but cannot browse the web -- Mouse over the network icon in your taskbar, which is the icon with 2 monitors and a little globe (if the icon shows 2 monitors and a red ‘x’, you are not connected to the wireless network). With the mouse-pointer over the network icon, a notification box should display what you are currently connected to, your signal strength, and your Access type. Please verify that the Access type says Local and Internet.
• If the Access type says Local and Internet, but you still cannot browse the web -- Open Internet Explorer, click Tools, then click Internet Options. Click the Connections tab and then click the LAN settings button. Verify that no settings are checked and that all boxes in the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog are unchecked. Reconnect to the library’s wireless network;
• If the Access type says Local only -- Go to Start > Connect to. When the Connect to a network dialog window is displayed, click Open Network and Sharing Center. When that window opens, click on Manage network connections found on the left-hand side. Depending on your laptop, you may see multiple adapters available in this window. Right-click the adapter named Wireless Network Connection or something similar and click Properties. The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog will display. Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties. The Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties dialog will appear. Under the General tab, make sure that both Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are selected. Reconnect to the library’s wireless network.

Instructions for Windows 7

Instructions for XP and Vista

For additional information on troubleshooting tips for Vista check out Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles:
• 928233: Windows Vista cannot obtain an IP address from certain routers (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233 )
• 932063: Several problems occur on a Windows Vista-based computer when you work in a wireless network environment (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932063 )

WARNING: This wireless service is not inherently secure. We cannot guarantee the privacy of your data and communications while using the wireless service. When using this service, you are doing so at your own risk. 

The County and Libraries assume no responsibility for damages that occur when using this service.