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How Do I ?

~ Connect to Wireless at a Library ~

Wireless access is currently available at all SRC library locations.
The Santa Rosa County Libraries wireless system uses the WiFi standard also known as IEEE 802.11b-g).

  • You will need to bring your own WiFi enabled laptop or other wireless device to the library.
  • Most WiFi equipment will be compatible. However, the library cannot guarantee compatibility with your equipment.
  • Printers are not part of the Wireless Internet WireAccess program at the library.
  • The library's network is open to all visitors.
  • The library does not require any special encryption settings, user names, or passwords.
  • You may need to adjust your laptop settings.

NOTE: You will need to understand how to configure and restore the settings of your own computer. Here are some general guidelines:

Use the software that came with your wireless card or computer to configure the settings and to verify a connection to the library's wireless network.

  • SSID (network name) = "xxx-gcplwireless" (without quotes)
  • WEP = disable WEP encryption
  • Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure mode or Access Point


  1. From Control Panel, select "Network and Dial-up Connections" or "Network and Internet Connections > Internet Connections."
  2. Right-click on "Wireless Network Connection" or "Local Area Connection" and click Properties.
  3. Locate the Internet TCP/IP protocol and open its Properties. If more than one TCP/IP protocol is listed, look for the one associated with your wireless adapter.
  4. Select "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically."
  5. For XP, right click on "Wireless Network Connection" and select "View Available Wireless Networks." Select the name of the wireless network available at the library and click "Connect".

INTERNET EXPLORER TIPS - Please note that depending on your version of software, there may be variations in the procedures below.

  1. From Control Panel, select Internet Options > Connections tab.
  2. If you also have a dial-up connection, it should not be set to "Always dial my default connection."
  3. LAN Settings should be "Automatically detect settings" and leave the Proxy server settings blank.