Computers, Internet, and Wireless Access

Wi-Fi at Pratt Libraries

Wi-Fi settings screen: choose a network

Networks (SSID) Available

  • epfl-wpa - Encrypted. Security key: epfl-wpa
  • epfl - Unencrypted/Open

Wireless Network Access Policy

The Enoch Pratt Free Library offers free wireless access for library customers to use with Wi-Fi enabled laptops and other portable devices. The Wi-Fi access points are unsecured, filtered to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) regulations, and governed by the Internet Use Policy.

Security

Wireless networking involves transmitting information through the air where it may be intercepted by other wireless users. The Pratt Library does not guarantee the security of the wireless network. Users of the Library’s wireless network assume all risk and responsibility for any information which they transmit (credit card numbers, passwords and any other sensitive information). The Library is not responsible for protecting the user’s devices from Internet threats such as viruses, worms, hackers, spyware, adware, etc.  The Library is not responsible for any compromised information, or for damage caused to a user’s hardware or software due to electric surges.

Printing

Printing is not available on the wireless network. To print, save your work and email the files to yourself, or save to a USB drive; then use a wired library computer to print the items.

Technical Assistance

Library staff cannot provide technical assistance in configuring your device(s) or troubleshooting wireless access problems. For troubleshooting information, refer to your device’s documentation. There is no guarantee that your wireless device will work with the network.

How to Connect

Networks Available

There are two (2) networks available for public use.

  • epfl” - an “open” network, all transmitted data is visible to anyone “sniffing” the Wi-Fi network.
  • epfl-wpa” - an encrypted network, all data is encrypted from your device to the local Wi-Fi access point. Data transmitted to the local network or the Internet from the Wi-Fi access point is not encrypted, unless you are connected to a secure site using https or other security based software.

Settings

  • In the settings for your laptop or mobile device, turn Wi-Fi on.
  • Set your device to connect to the network using the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
  • If using the epfl-wpa network, enter the security key: epfl-wpa.
  • If using the epfl network, no security key is necessary.

people using laptops in Pratt Cafe

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to access the wireless network?

A Wi-Fi enabled device using 802.11g or above

What services do you offer?

The Pratt Library offers two wireless networks — an open (epfl) and an encrypted network (epfl-wpa).

How do I connect to the open network?

Select epfl from the list of available networks.

How do I use the encrypted network?

Select epfl-wpa from the list of available networks, supply the security key: epfl-wpa.

Do I need a login or password?

No, but when you open the browser, you need to accept a statement that you will abide by the rules of the Pratt Library in using the network.

Can I print from the wireless network?

No. Printing is not available on the wireless network. To print, save your work and email the files to yourself, or save to a USB drive; then use a wired library computer to print the items.

Is the wireless network secured?

The Library’s wireless network is not secure, and the Library cannot guarantee the safety of your traffic across its wireless network.

Can I access the Library's catalog and electronic databases through the wireless network?

Yes, access to the Library catalog and electronic databases is available through the Pratt Library's web site (prattlibrary.org). A library card barcode number may be required to access some electronic databases.

I can’t connect, but the person next to me can.

Not all wireless equipment are the same. The quality and configuration of your Wi-Fi equipment versus your neighbor’s can be quite different.

Will my Apple product work with wireless in the Library?

Yes, if your Mac product has been configured to connect to a Wi-Fi network.