Wireless Internet Access at the Library
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where will wireless access be available?
- What is a hot zone?
- Can I have wireless if I am not in a hot zone?
- May I use my own power cords?
- If I use your wireless access, will your filter be in place?
- Do I have a time limit with wireless access?
- How does a patron use wireless access?
- What does my PDA or laptop need to use wireless access?
- Is wireless access secure?
- What are Hotspots?
- Where are other Hotspots in Louisville?
- How does it work?
Wireless is available in all public areas at the Main Library and the branches.
Hot zones are areas that have two things: an electrical outlet and wireless connectivity. Look for hot zone signs or ask library staff to direct you to an available hot zone.
Yes, but you will have to use your PC's batteries. Electrical cords stretched across the floor present a safety hazard.
Yes, please use your power cords only in Hot Zones which are designated for that purpose.
If you're getting a signal on your wireless device, then you're ready to go.
You must have a wireless device with a wireless network card that is 802.11b or 802.11g compatible.
No, the signal from the PDA or laptop is susceptible to interception.
The term Hotspot is often used to refer to places that offer wireless access whether for a fee or for free (sometimes called Freespots). all the Hotspots at the Louisville Public Library are free.
Your PDA/laptop connects to our network using radio signals. This is known as a WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network). We have the equivalent of radio station antennae broadcasting a signal that can be picked up by a wireless card in your laptop/PDA. However, the anntennae and the wireless card can send information as well as receive data. The data from a computer is made up of bits (1s and 0s). Bits are converted into radio waves and then back into bits.
Please ask at the Information Services Desk if you have other questions.