WiFi Upgrades: Better, Stronger, FasterBy Administrator Mon, October 24, 2016
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s IT department has just completed a wireless upgrade throughout all our 53 neighborhood libraries! To paraphrase an old sci-fi show, "We have the technology. We can make it better than it was. Better, stronger, faster." What does that mean for you, our customers? Faster WiFi speeds, easier connections, and all the cat pics you can find in your Instagram feed (er, ok, maybe that's just us!).
The first thing you will notice is a new login page:
Login with your library card and PIN once and you are good to go; no time-outs or need to re-login for up to 8 hours!
Next, we've been able to greatly improve the overall speed and capacity of our WiFi signal. No more slow download speeds or limitations on the number of connections at any given library location. In tech-savy terms: we now offer Wireless-AC, which is currently the fastest wireless protocol available. This new standard provides MIMO capability (multiple in, multiple out), vastly increasing the number of patrons that can connect at any one time within the same library location WiFi range. Good news for those who visit Northeast Regional Library and Independence Library on a regular basis, since they are our libraries with most WiFi usage.
Besides improved speeds, patrons now have the ability to log on with more than one wireless device simultaneously! Connect up to three devices and stream movies, download ebooks, groove to some music, listen to a podcast, or access any of our other great Digital Media offerings.
Don't have a library card but want to experience our new WiFi features? Get a card instantly today!
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