Wireless Internet Access

Brooklyn Public Library provides free wireless Internet access to library users with appropriately equipped and configured laptop computers. Wireless Internet access is available at the Central Library and all branch libraries.

Requirements
  • You will need a Wi-Fi compliant 802.11b/g wireless device installed in your laptop, or a laptop with integrated Wi-Fi capability.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or any other web browser.
Connecting to the Network using Windows 8

To begin configuring your Windows 8 computer for the wireless network, move your pointer to the top- or bottom-right corner without clicking and the Charms Bar will appear on the right.

Click the Settings icon in the Charms Bar

From Settings, click the Wi-Fi icon above Notifications. If there are available wireless networks but your computer has not connected to any of them, the Wi-Fi icon will read Available underneath.

Windows will display a list of available networks. Click BPLUNWIRED.

BPLUNWIRED will become highlighted when it is selected

After selecting BPLUNWIRED, click the Connect button that will appear in the Wi-Fi networks list

Windows may display Checking network requirements while it detects the security settings for the wireless network.

After successfully connecting to the wireless network and getting an IP address, Windows will display the Wi-Fi networks list with BPLUNWIRED as connected.

Launch your web browser of choice and click “Agree & Continue” on our splash page to continue browsing.

Connecting to the Network using Windows 7
  • Click on the Windows Logo at the bottom left of the screen (Formerly "Start")
  • Go to "Control Panels"
  • Click on "Network & Internet"
  • Under "Network & Sharing Center" click "Connect to a Network"
  • In the "Connect to a Network" window "bplunwired" should be visible
  • Select "bplunwired" and click "connect"
  • Launch your browser of choice to connect to the Internet.
Connecting to the Network using Windows 2000 and XP
  • Click on "Start"
  • Go to "Settings" then "Control Panel"
  • Double click on "Network and Dial-up Connections" or "Network Connections"
  • Right-click on all Local Area Connections, click on "Properties"
  • In "Components checked are being used by this connection" select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)"
  • Click on "Properties"
  • Select "Obtain an IP address automatically"
  • Click on "OK"
  • Click on "OK"
  • Restart computer

If are still unable to connect do the following:

  • Click on "Start", "Run" and type cmd, hit the Enter key. (a command window will appear)
  • Then type ipconfig and hit the Enter key.
  • Type in ipconfig /release and hit the Enter key.
  • Type in ipconfig /renew and hit the Enter key.
  • Finally exit the window and launch your web browser to start surfing!
Connecting to the Network Using Mac OS 10. x
  • To join the wireless network, first click on the AirPort Menu in the Menu Bar
  • From the AirPort Menu, select BPLUNWIRED.
  • It may take several seconds for your computer to acquire an IP address, but to verify your connection to the wireless network, click on the AirPort Menu and see that BPLUNWIRED is checked.
  • Launch your web browser of choice and click “Agree & Continue” on our splash page to continue browsing.
  • Limitations and Disclaimers
  • You may not use BPL's wireless networks to break the law. The use of BPL's wireless networks to commit any crime—including identity theft and related crimes and the viewing and downloading of child pornography—is strictly prohibited. Downloading of copyrighted materials without the express permission of the author is also strictly prohibited. Violators may be prosecuted.
  • The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent to and from your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software.
  • Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network.
  • Be prepared to use battery power. Not all neighborhood libraries have electrical outlets that are available for laptop connection.
  • Laptops, cords and adapters must be connected to electrical outlets in a way that is compliant with BPL's Public Behavior in the Library Policy Rules of Conduct #7 and #10.