Wifi at Fullerton Public Library

The Fullerton Public Library offers free wireless “WiFi” access to the Internet for properly equipped laptops and handheld computers. When you use wireless Internet in the Library you accept the Library’s policies on Internet Access and Wireless Access. Please take the time to read these policies before accessing the network.


  • No waiting for an available PC.
  • No enforced time limits . . . connect as long as you like.
  • Enjoy roomier workspace in a quieter area of the building.
  • Download and save files.


  • No printing services.
  • A WiFi network is less secure than a wired network (see below).
  • Signal strength and speed may vary within/without the library.

Where and When You Can Pick Up the Wireless Signal

The entire Main Library building and Hunt Branch Library are now wireless accessible.

What You Will Need

  • You will need a WiFi compliant wireless device installed in your laptop or phone.
  • New laptops often come with a wireless device. These laptops are usually configured to pick up the wireless signal automatically. Older laptops with a PCMCIA slot or USB port can be fitted with a wired/wireless network interface card (NIC).
  • Charged battery – the library has some accessible electrical outlets near some tables.

Wireless Technical Information

Wireless hardware and software varies as to the operating systems you may use on your laptop, so we can’t give you precise instructions. In many cases, you need to do nothing to hook up (just click on Internet Explorer), but you might need to check the following in your wireless software:

  • The “Service Set Identifier” (SSID) should be set to FPL.
  • WEP should be disabled.
  • Most wireless software has an indicator that tells you a signal is being received. Make sure the link quality and signal strength are both at least “good”. If not, move about the library to a location that has a stronger signal.

How Safe is WiFi? – Security Concerns

The Internet is a public communications network, which means that there can be untrusted parties between you and anybody you communicate with. Wireless poses the same risks to your personal information that a wired network poses, as well as some new risks. WiFi users need to educate themselves about these risks and take steps to secure their personal information, such as virus and hacking protection. Cautious WiFi users may choose not to transmit such sensitive data as their social security number, credit card information and passwords while using any WiFi “hotspot”, including FPL’s.

The library will not be responsible for any information (i.e. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking. All wireless access users should have up-to-date virus protection on their laptop computers or wireless devices.

Wireless Etiquette

The wireless network is intended to be a shared resource and there is limited bandwidth available.

  • Do not download large files over the wireless network.
  • Do not stream video or audio over the wireless network.

Please observe rules of the library relating to etiquette and safety.

  • Not all outlets are positioned to allow access, if you use an outlet that interferes with traffic flow or is a safety hazard, you will be asked to stop.
  • Be prepared to be self-powered.
  • Bring your own headphones if you plan to use audio.
  • The library is a quiet area for study, so avoid loud typing, music or noisy conversations.

If You Have Problems Connecting, Make Sure:

  • You have an enabled 802.11 b or g wireless card (Built-in, PCNCIA card or USB adapter). If you are not sure, refer to your laptop user manual, your wireless card or adapter manual.
  • You do not have any static IP settings on your wireless interface including IPSec settings.
  • If you are using wireless interface dedicated software, disable the existing connection profile and create a new one using FPL as your SSID.
  • If you have a personal firewall (Symantec, Zone Alarm, BlackIce and such), make sure it is not blocking the FPL wireless network.
  • If you use proxy servers for school or work, make sure you remove these settings.
  • If you have Automatically Detect Settings, make sure it is NOT checked.
  • If you have Dial-Up, make sure you select Never Dial a Connection while connected to the wireless. When you go back to your dial up connection, change the setting back to Always Dial My Default Connection.
  • If you have a secured Wireless network at home, you will need to disable the security settings and clear all static settings on your card.
  • If running Apple AirPort, make sure you are running software version 1.2 or higher.
  • For some laptops with built-in cards, make sure your card is turned on (look for On\Off switch-refer to your user manual).

For More Information:

Fullerton Public Library Internet Policy

Fullerton Public Library Wireless Access Policy

Please note that Library staff must not assist you with your laptop, card, or configuration.
The Library cannot accept the liability of handling your equipment.

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