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Top 5 tips for wifi users

Wifi sign at the libraryWifi, for all its many uses, does have its limitations so here are our tips on getting connected via APNK wifi with the minimum of fuss.

  • Step 1 - Know your device. Laptops may require a button, switch or combination of keys to be pressed in order to detect and connect to a wifi signal. Similarly, it pays to know your way around your network settings as it's possibly you may have to make some adjustments to connect.*
  • Step 2 - Locate the WAP (Wireless Access Point). This will either be a smallish sized box with an aerial on it, or the latest design we've been using looks like a UFO. You'll usually find a WAP mounted on a wall or ceiling. If you're not sure where it is, ask someone in the know.
  • Step 3 - Line of sight. Wifi reception (and consistency of signal) is best when the device you want to connect has a relatively unimpeded view of the WAP. Walls and corners, particularly concrete ones, can disrupt the wifi signal. A good rule of thumb is if you can see the WAP from where you are you'll get a reasonably good signal.
  • Step 4 - Try not to be a tripping hazard. Whether it be power cords or prone limbs, your wifi experience will only be worsened by someone hooking a foot on either of these and coming a cropper.
  • Step 5 - Terms of Use. Don't forget to click (or tap) the 'I Agree' button on our terms of use page. You won't be free to browse the Internet until you do so.

We've no doubt that libraries as public spaces will continue to evolve to meet the needs of wifi users. Many already offer areas with extra seating and powerplugs or special furniture suited to laptop use. At least one library has cushions for wifi users to sit on outside. Meanwhile here at APNK we'll continue to try and find ways to make the wifi experience better.

*If you're not familiar with the settings on your device, we do provide instructions for different operating systems on how to connect to APNK wifi. Library staff are usually happy to print these out for customers.

Friday, February 8, 2013

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