Wireless (wifi) Access at WTPL

The Library offers free Wi-Fi. To simplify access only a WTPL card and PIN are needed; there is no need to stop at the front desk.

Out-of-area users who are visiting the area may register their e-mail address at the front desk for short-term access. These accounts will expire after 90-days of non-use.

Printing

Please click on this link to install a temporary printer client to the laptop:

*Not compatible with MAC OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or 10.9 (Mavericks). If you are running a newer MAC, please save your work to removable media (or email to yourself) and use a library computer to print.

Availability

The wireless signal will be available during normal library hours. As a courtesy, the library decided to allow a brief period of availability before and after hours; the service will be available from 9:00 am till 1 hour after close.

Filters

The connection is filtered with the same technology used on the wired machines. This filtering does *NOT* install any software to the client computer. For unfiltered access, please see the front desk for access to a library computer.

Range

The library verified signal strength inside the library. If areas of the library are found to have weak signal, please let the front desk know. We will investigate and, if feasible, improve the signal. Some areas outside the library may see useable signal strength, however, we do not guarantee signal strength outside the building.

*Thanks to Allentown Public Library for the below connection information*

Making the Connection

If your wireless card is not already configured (Windows 2000/XP)

  • Click on “Control Panel”
  • Double click “Network and Dial-up Connections” or “Network Connections”
  • Right click on “Wireless Network Connection” or “Local Area Connection”
  • Click on “Properties”
  • Click “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” > Properties
  • Check “Obtain an IP address automatically”
  • Click “OK”
  • Double click: “Network and Dial-up Connections” or “Network Connections”
  • Right click “Wireless Network Connection,” then click “Properties”
  • Check “Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings”

If your wireless card is not already configured (Macintosh OS 8/9)

  • Select Apple Menu>Control Panel>TCP/IP
  • Connect using “AirPort or other WiFi Ethernet”
  • Configure “Using DHCP server”
  • Leave “Name Server” and “Additional Search” domains blank

Connect Using Macintosh OS X

  • Select “Apple Menu” >“System Preference,” then “Network”
  • Select TCP/IP tab and configure “Using DHCP”
  • Leave “Domain Name Servers” and “Search Domains” blank

Internet Explorer Users

  • Click “Tools”>Internet Options>Connections
  • Make sure “Always dial my default connection” is not checked
  • Prohibited Actions:
    • Outgoing e-mail
    • File Sharing (BitTorrent, etc)
    • Downloading of certain file types, file types likely to contain viruses, while likely not to be downloaded are blocked from downloading. Commonly used extensions are not blocked (doc, xls, zip, etc). These may still contain viruses—however the frequency of use precludes restrictions on such file-types.

Pop-up blocker

  • The system provides a popup window that merely advises the amount downloaded, and amount of data remaining.
  • Please set any popup blockers to allow:
    • *.wificontrol.net