Great News! the Library now has free Wi-Fi! Feel free to bring your laptops and surf the web in our Reading Room.
Wi-Fi, or wireless fidelity, is a technology that allows PCs to communicate with each other or access the Internet via radio communication rather than wires. Originally developed for laptops, Wi-Fi now incorporates devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and games consoles (including PSP and Xbox 360). You can use Wi-Fi in your home with a broadband Internet connection and a wireless router. Alternatively, when you’re out and about you may encounter Wi-Fi hotspots. These range from a single room – say a coffee shop or airport lounge – to large areas of overlapping hotspots, such as a Wi-Fi enabled city centres. You’ll sometimes see Wi-Fi referred to as a number, 802.11, which relates to the frequency the technology operates on. Most current Wi-Fi devices use 802.11g, which offers a typical data transfer rate of 25 Mbits-per-second and a range of around 30 metres. 802.11n, though, typically performs at a much more impressive 200 Mbits-per-second and has a range of 50m.
To find out more information please visit www.wi-fi.org