Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi) for Laptops and Mobile Devices

Setup Directions

SSID (Service set identifier): TCPL - Unsecured: no password
The wireless service is well distributed throughout the Library.

CONNECT: Obtain a network assigned IP address 192.168.30.[XXX] (the last 3 numbers will vary.)
Configure wireless settings:
  • SSID (network name) = "TCPL" (this is automatically assigned)
  • WEP (wired equivalent privacy) = disable WEP encryption
  • Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure mode or Access Point

Follow network settings for the operating system of your particular device.


Computers or other wireless-capable devices can't connect to the Internet without an IP address.

To check if device has acquired an IP address:

1. Go to Start and select Run.1. Go to Start and select Run.

2. In the Run window box, next to Open:, type "cmd" and click OK.

2. In the Run window box, next to Open:, type "cmd" and click OK.

3. In the Command Prompt window (black window), type "ipconfig" then hit Enter

3. In the Command Prompt window (black window), type "ipconfig" then hit Enter.

If device has acquired an IP address, it will be identified as 'IP address .... : 192.168.30.[XXX]' (the last 3 numbers will vary.)

Please note! Demand for IP address may exceed availability at any given time. Try reconnecting later if IP address not found. If you need assistance, please visit the Adult Services Reference desk.

Tips for IE (Internet Explorer) Users

Depending on your version of software, there may be variations in the procedures. From Control Panel, select: Internet Options > Connections tab.

If you also have a dial-up connection, it should not be set to "Always dial my default connection." LAN Settings should be "Automatically detect settings" and leave the Proxy server settings blank.

Operating Systems
Windows 2000 & XP

Network Settings:

  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." Select the name of the wireless network available at the library and click "Connect."
Windows Vista

Network Settings:

Open “Connect to a Network” by clicking “Start button” and “Connect to”.

If Windows does not detect a network, it could be because of one the following reasons:

  • The wireless switch on your computer is turned off. Check for wireless switch on the front or side of your computer. If there is a switch, make sure it's turned on. Some computers use a function key combination to turn the switch on or off.
  • Windows is not configured to connect to the right type of network. Open the “Command Prompt” window by clicking the “Start button”, clicking “All Programs”, “Accessories”, and “ Command Prompt”. Type netsh wlan add filter networktype=network type where network type is infrastructure.
  • The wireless network adapter is in monitor mode. To connect to a wireless network, close the network monitoring program or follow instructions in the program to exit monitor mode.
Macintosh OS 8 & 9

Network Settings:

  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
Macintosh OS X

Network Settings:

  1. Select “Apple Menu” > System Preferences > “Network”
  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”
Page last modified May 3, 2012