Wireless Internet Access

Wireless internet access is available to customers of the Anderson Public Library and the Lapel Branch. The following information should assist you in utilizing this free service.

Wireless Printing

Click here to install our wireless printing software while using our wireless network. You can print from Windows or Mac laptops.

  • Print Release Stations are located in the Indiana Room, Children's Lab, the Copy Center near the Information Services desk, in the first-floor hallway near the Community Technology Center Lab, and the Lapel Branch.
  • Access your print jobs at the station by typing in the User ID you created when prompted.


Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect?

  • No, the library's Wireless Network is open to all visitors.
  • When you connect and begin to browse the Internet, you will be prompted to acknowledge the library's Acceptable Use Internet Access Policy.
  • Users are responsible for configuring their own equipment and connecting to network using these settings:
    • SSID (Service Set Identifier) or network name = Anderson Public Library or LAPEL
    • Encryption or WEP = disable WEP encryption
    • Mode or Network Type = Infrastructure Mode or Access Point (not ad-hoc)
    • Set TCP/IP properties to "Obtain an IP address automatically" (DHCP)
    • The procedures to apply these settings differs among operating systems. Please view the Operating System or Troubleshooting sections below for additonal assistance configuring your laptop for a wireless connection.

Since I'm using my own equipment, do the general rules about computer use still apply to me?

  • Yes, you must abide by the policies described in the Acceptable Use Internet Access Policy, as amended. Any activities deemed "unacceptable" apply to you whether or not you are on a Library-owned computer or your own computer. The use of the Internet, either using library equipment or through connections provided by Anderson Public Library, is a privilege and access is voluntary. Unacceptable use, as determined by the library will result in disciplinary action.
  • Anderson Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of the Internet.
  • Violation of this Internet policy will result in a possible loss of library privileges and/or expulsion from the library.

Can the library help me configure my computer?

  • Library staff cannot guarantee that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
  • Anderson Public Library cannot be held responsible for any changes you make to your computer's settings.
  • If you need additional assistance, you may need to contact the manufacturers of your hardware or software.

What about virus protection and security?

It is solely the responsibility of the wireless device owner/user to provide anti-virus protection, and to configure their laptop/mobile device settings to provide the appropriate security settings to control access from other wireless devices within the Library and the internet itself. Anderson Public Library cannot and will not take responsibility for damages incurred for incorrect, insufficient or incomplete security settings; or lack of adequate or up-to-date virus protection. Wireless users assume all risks in this regard.

Operating Systems

Windows 7
How to View Available Wireless Networks & Connect

  • To view a list of available wireless networks click the Wireless Networking icon in the Notification area on the right side of the Taskbar.
  • Once you identify the Anderson Public Library network from the list, click on the network name and then click Connect.
  • Open any Internet browser and click "Agree" to begin browsing the Internet.

Note: Before you connect to the network you will have an opportunity to check connect automatically so that your computer will automatically connect to the network when in range.


  • Click on System Preferences from the Apple Menu
  • Double click the Network logo
  • Under Show Menu select AirPort
  • Close window
  • Open Internet Connect and turn on AirPort
  • From Network Menu select Anderson Public Library
  • Open a Web browser


The following instructions are advanced 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.

Windows XP

(You may need administrative access to your laptop to change these settings)

  • From Control Panel, select Network and Dial-up Connections or Network and Internet Connections > Internet Connections
  • Right click Wireless Network Adapter or Local Area Connection; click Properties
  • Locate the TCP/IP protocol (Internet Protocol TCP/IP) and click on Properties (if more than one TCP/IP protocol is listed, look for the one associated with your wireless adapter)
  • Under the General tab, click "Obtain an IP address automatically"
  • Click to "Obtain DNS Server address automatically"
  • Restart (reboot) the computer (this is not a requirement with Windows XP)
  • For Windows XP, right click Wireless Network Connection and select View Available Wireless Networks
  • Select the name of a wireless network Anderson Public Library and click Connect

Windows 7

(You may need administrative access to your laptop to change these settings)

  • From Control Panel, select Network and Sharing Center
  • Locate and click the link Troubleshoot problems to diagnose and repair network problems.


  • Select Apple Menu > System Preferences > Network button
  • Select TCP/IP tab and configure Using DHCP (above the TCP/IP tab, you may need to configure via AirPort or other wireless (WiFi) ethernet)
  • Leave Domain Name Servers and Search Domains blank

If your operating system or particular device is not mentioned above, in general, you should set your network options to "DHCP" for IP address assignment, and "Any" for network or SSID name.


  • If your wireless network card software has the option to scan for the strongest signal that is usually preferable.
  • Library staff are not liable for changes made to personal equipment at the request of its owner.

Limitations and Disclaimers

The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent from or to your laptop or mobile device can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software, within three hundred feet.

Library staff cannot provide a guarantee that you will be able to make a wireless connection.

Anderson Public Library assumes no liability for any loss or damage to the user's data or for any damage or injury arising from invasion of privacy in the user's computer accounts, programs, or files.

Prohibited activities: Illegal or inappropriate use of the Internet is not permitted. For our Library policies and information on Internet access, see our Acceptable Use Internet Access Policy.