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Wireless FAQ

Wireless access is free at all our locations. By using computer and internet services, you will be deemed to have read and agreed to the terms of the Technology Use Policy.

  1. Do I need to become a member to use the wireless network?
  2. Where is wireless access available?
  3. Can I access the Library’s electronic legal resources over the wireless network?
  4. Are there any electrical outlets I can use to plug in my wireless device?
  5. Can staff help me connect to the wireless network?
  6. Are there any other restrictions to the wireless network?
  7. Can I print from my wireless device to the Public Law Library printers?
  8. Is your wireless network secure?

Do I need to become a member to use the wireless network?

Yes. Membership is required to access the wireless network.

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Where is wireless access available?

Wireless access is available at all our locations.

  • Chula Vista Courthouse Location
    Wireless access is available throughout.
  • Downtown San Diego
    Wireless access is available throughout.
  • El Cajon Courthouse Location
    Wireless access is available in the conference rooms and the main seating area. Access in the stacks may be limited.
  • Vista
    Wireless access is available in the conference rooms and the main seating areas. Access in the Federal Reading Room is limited or unavailable.

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Can I access your electronic legal resources over the wireless network?

Members can access some of our electronic legal resources directly from a wireless device. Members can visit Legal Databases to access these resources directly from your wireless laptop. Links to these resources are also available from our online catalog.

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Are there any electrical outlets I can use to plug in my wireless device?

Member benefits include access to electrical outlets on the surface of the reading room tables. We ask that non-members come prepared with a fully charged battery and/or an extra power pack.

 

Refer to our Technology Use Policy for guidelines, sign up requirements, and prohibited uses of outlets throughout the Library.

 

 

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Can staff help me connect to the wireless network?

You are responsible for configuring your own hardware. Due to the number of wireless devices on the market, it is not possible for us to provide individual support. You may be able to resolve your connectivity issues after reviewing the provided troubleshooting section. The documentation which came with your hardware or the hardware manufacturer’s website may provide helpful information, as well.

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Are there any other restrictions to the wireless network?

Basic internet access is unrestricted. File sharing and use of ports other than 80 or 8080 might be limited.

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Can I print from my wireless device to the Law Library printers?

We do not offer wireless printing services at this time. However, you can transfer information to a USB drive or CD-ROM and print from one of our computers. We sell USB drives and CD-ROMs. You can also save to a USB drive and print your document in color at our all-in-one copier.

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Is your wireless network secure?

No. As with most public wireless “hot spots,” our wireless network is not secure. Information sent over our wireless network is unencrypted and could be intercepted. You accept all risks and responsibilities when accessing the internet over non-secure connections.

We recommend that you disable file and print sharing prior to connecting to the internet over a non-secure network. We also strongly encourage you to have current anti-virus software.

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