Wireless How To


Wireless Internet How To

General Information for all systems 

NOTE: The following instructions are general guidelines and require that you understand how to configure and restore the settings of your own computer. It is best to try to use the Internet before attempting any of the changes suggested on this page.

Wireless Card Settings:

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. 

* network name = "VIRLWIFIXX" (without quotes and where XX is a localized branch code) 
* WEP = disable WEP encryption 
* Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure mode or Access Point


Supported Operating systems include: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 & Macintosh OSX 10.4 and higher

 Windows 2000 & XP 

Network Settings: 
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 get into 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. 
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.

Macintosh OSX 10.4 and higher

Network Settings (OS X): 
1. Select: Apple Menu > System Preferences > Network button. 
2. Select TCP/IP tab and Configure "Using DHCP". 
3. Above the TCP/IP tab, you may need to Configure via "AirPort" or other wireless (WiFi) ethernet. 
4. Leave Domain Name Servers and Search Domains blank.


I still can’t get to the internet…

After connecting to the WiFi network and opening your internet browser you will be redirected to an authentication page.  Perform the following steps:

  • Select the branch which you are at from the drop down menu
  • Type in the access code for this branch
  • This code is available by any Vancouver Island Regional Library staff member
  • Click OK button with your mouse. 
  • Clicking the <ENTER> key will not connect correctly.

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