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Wi-Fi and Lending Laptops in the Library

Did you know that in addition to the network connected computers in the Information Commons, the library also offers a wireless connection to the Internet? Here at Dewey Library, all UAlbany students, faculty, and staff can access the wireless network with their laptops or any wifi enabled device, such as a smartphone. The signal for the wireless network can be found on the entire first floor of the library, as well as the lower level except for the Mezzanine and compact storage areas. You will need your NetID, your UNIX cluster password), and a laptop with an 802.11 b/g wireless card that supports WPA in order to connect to the wireless network (most newer laptops come with this card already installed).. For complete instructions on how to connect your laptop to the wireless network, please refer to the Wireless Internet Access Instructions for additional information.

While a large majority of laptops have a wireless network interface card built into the laptop itself, there are older laptops that do not include this card. If you happen to own a laptop that does not feature a wireless network interface card, you can borrow one from the Circulation desk. In order for the card to function once it is connected to your laptop, you will need to download and install drivers. Instructions on Wireless Network Interface Card Driver Installation () are available online. Once you are connected to the wireless network, wireless printing from your laptop is available through the ITS Uniprint System.

If you would like to take advantage of the wireless network, but do not own a laptop, you can borrow one from the library through the University Libraries Laptop Lending Service. There are two laptops available at Dewey Library for students, faculty, and staff to borrow. Laptops can be checked out for up to four hours, or until thirty minutes before the library closes. The laptops are outfitted with Windows XP Pro operating system, a CD/DVD read/write drive, power cord, battery, mouse, an internal wireless card, and a USB port for use with a flash/portable/thumb drive. Some of the software that is available on the lending laptops includes Microsoft Office 2007, Internet Explorer 8 and Mozilla Firefox browsers, Adobe’s Acrobat Reader and Flash Player, Windows Media Player, and CD Burner XP Pro. These laptops cannot leave the library premises. Files that are created on the lending laptop must be saved to a removable external drive.

If you have any questions about connecting to the wireless network, borrowing one of the wireless network interface cards, or you can call the ITS HelpDesk WiUAlbany at 442-3700. Circulation staff will allow you to use their phone at the Circulation desk for this purpose, and will also help you with the laptops available for checkout at the library. You can also submit a Help Request at the ITS and FAQ Feedback Form.

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