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Libraries Get Wireless


Look for this RU Wireless logo, on signs in areas outfitted with the new wireless capability.

In a bid to stretch our resources and broaden the options available to users, the Rutgers University Libraries have added wireless capabilities to a number of well-traveled areas in our buildings in Newark, New Brunswick and Piscataway.

This new service will allow any Rutgers faculty, staff, or student using a laptop computer equipped with a wireless card to access the Internet and use Rutgers online services from the following locations:

ALEXANDER LIBRARY
     Atrium (lower level), graduate reading room (3rd floor), reference area (1st floor),
     Scholarly Communication Center (4th floor), undergraduate reading room (1st floor).
DANA LIBRARY
     1st floor, south wing
     2nd floor, south wing
KILMER LIBRARY
     1st floor study areas.
LIBRARY OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
     1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor study areas
SERC READING ROOM
     Entire reading area.

Wireless capability will also be added to the Art Library, the Chang Science Library, and the Paul Robeson Library shortly.

Only users who have a Rutgers email account, and have obtained a NetID, are able to use the wireless network. Many late-model laptops come equipped with wireless capability, but older models will need a wireless card that can be purchased for under $100 at the Rutgers Computer Store or at computer or office supply stores.

For more information on wireless capabilities at Rutgers, including technical specifications and access requirements, please see this website: http://ruwireless.rutgers.edu/. The Libraries' FAQ page on wireless access can be viewed at: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/ask_a_lib/wireless.shtml

For specific inquiries, users can contact the Rutgers University Computer Services help desk on their campus. The phone numbers are:

  • Camden Computing Services Help Desk (856/225-6274)
  • New Brunswick Computing Services with the RUWireless Feedback form (732/445-HELP)
  • Newark Computing Services Help Desk (973/353-5083)

The Libraries are grateful for the support from the office of the University Vice President for Academic Affairs, which are enabling us to add this new service. Many thanks, as well, to the staff from Rutgers University Computer Services (RUCS), who are working with Libraries staff to implement the technical changes and equipment needed to offer wireless capability.

Posted October 27, 2003