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Laptop & Wireless Network in Mullen Library

  -What is the Wireless Network?
-I don't have a laptop computer. How can I use the network?
-What kinds of computers, hardware and software, are available?
-I have a wifi-enabled laptop computer. How can I use the wireless network?
-How do I configure my wireless card?
-How do I add the library printers to my laptop?

Note: The laptops are only available to current CUA students, faculty, and staff with valid, updated borrowing privileges.
 

What is the Wireless Network?

The CUA Libraries has provided a wireless network in Mullen Library since 1998 with continuing upgrades. This network allows you to access library resources and the Internet from laptop computers and mobile devices in any of the study areas in Mullen Library.

Do your research where it's convenient for you. With the wireless network, you can get up and move as you need to!

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I don't have a laptop computer. How can I use the network?

We have a limited number of PC laptop computers available for use, on a first-come, first-served basis. Come to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of Mullen Library to check out a laptop for four hours. The laptops are only available to current CUA students, faculty, and staff with valid, updated borrowing privileges. You can find out more about borrowing privileges and rules at the Library-owned Technology Equipment Loan Policies.

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What kinds of computers, hardware and software, are available?

You can borrow a Dell PC laptop, which connects to printers on the First, Second, and Third Floors of Mullen Library. For more information, please refer to What do I need to know about using a PC laptop?

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I have a wifi-enabled laptop computer. How can I use the network?

 When you come to Mullen Library, you'll need to:

  • Set the network to "ANY" or "CUA Guest Wireless" depending on your driver software,
  • Set TCP/IP to obtain an address dynamically through a DHCP server.
    (This setting is in the Network control panel in Windows or the TCP/IP control panel in MacOS.)

Once you are connected to "CUA Guest Wireless" network you will be able to use the Internet and add a printer in order to print.

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How do I configure the TCP/IP properties of my wireless card?

Instructions for Windows 2000 and XP

  • Go to the Control Panel (usually linked from Start menu under 'Settings')
  • Click on "Network and Dial-up Connections" from the Control Panel
  • Double-click "Local Area connection"
  • Click the "Properties" button
  • Select the Wireless Network Card at the top
  • Select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" in the box below
  • Click on "Properties"
  • Select to have both the IP address and the DNS Server address automatically obtained

 

Instructions for Windows Vista

  • Go to the Control Panel (usually found on the Start menu)
  • Under "Network and Internet" click on "View network status and tasks"
  • In the column on the left click on "Manage network connections"
  • Right-click on "Wireless Network Connection" and select "Properties"
  • If Windows needs your permission, click "Continue"
  • In the list select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), do not uncheck the box!
  • Click on "Properties"
  • Select to have both the IP address and the DNS Server address automatically obtained
  • Click "OK"

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