What is the Mason Public Library Hotspot? A “hotspot” is an area that offers wireless (Wi-Fi) access to the Internet. Wi-Fi computer networking technology allows computers and PDAs to send and receive Internet data via a wireless network. If your computer is Wi-Fi enabled, you can connect to the Internet wirelessly at the Mason Public Library free of charge.
Is there an access fee? No. Mason Public Library is providing this service free of charge to its patrons. You must have a Mason Public Library card (available free of charge – with proof of address). Patrons must have their own equipment, wireless card and software, and must agree to our Internet Use Policy.
Can I print out a page to the Library printers from my wi-fi connection? No. The library’s wi-fi network is not connected to a printer.
Is the wireless access filtered?Yes. The library is required to provide some filtering on the wireless access to comply with The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Ohio SB 144. Please note that the wireless access is not filtered to the same extreme as the library’s hardwired internet. As always, the use of the wireless access by minors should be closely monitored by a parent/guardian.
Is the network secure? Mason Public Library’s Hotspot is as secure as any open public access network. It’s always a good idea to make sure you are on an SSL-encrypted web page prior to sending or receiving confidential data. The Library is not responsible for any loss or liability that may occur as a result of the disclosure of financial or other personal information over the Library’s public computer services, including Internet and electronic mail use. Users should be aware that use of public computers is not a private or secure medium, and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding user’s activities. Users should also be aware that Library staff may monitor use of the computers for the limited purpose of ensuring compliance with this Policy, and hereby consent to such monitoring.
Where do I go for help if I am having a problem connecting? Library staff can give the basic instructions for connecting to the wireless network. However, library staff is not permitted to handle your laptop or peripheral equipment. For more complex issues relating to your Wi-Fi card and its configuration software, consult your owner’s manual and/or customer support number direction.
What equipment do I need? You need a laptop or notebook computer, or a personal digital assistant (PDA) equipped with a standard Internet browser and a Wi-Fi compliant (802.11g) wireless Ethernet card. In most cases, the card will be installed in the PCMCIA slot on the side of the computer and will be loaded with the appropriate software. Note: Some newer laptops have built-in Wi-Fi capability, in which case the operating system alerts the user to the presence of an available Wi-Fi network when its browser is on.
I use a Mac instead of a Windows-based machine. Can I still use this service? Yes, all you need is an Airport card or other 802.11g compatible wireless card and the appropriate software installed.