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Technology Check-Out: Technology

Wifi Hotspots

Wifi hotspot device This HotSpot is an easy-to-use, mobile hotspot that keeps your tablet, laptop and other Wi-Fi–enabled devices connected to the Internet in areas with Verizon cell phone coverage, but no Internet.

System Requirements

Windows 7 or higher, or Mac OS 10.5 or higher, and USB port: Type A, v2.0 or higher

Quick Start

1. Connect HotSpot to your device via USB

2. Open the computer’s web browser, type http://my.usb or 192.168.1.1, then click Enter key

3. Designate the preferred connection method for your HotSpot

4. Select one of the following options: Auto-connect, Auto-connect, or Manual Connection

5. Click Save Changes

6. Click OK

 

 

 

 

Remove the Device from Your Computer

Windows 

1. End your session by selecting Disconnect from the HotSpot window.

2. Exit and close the HotSpot window.

3. Gently grip the HotSpot on both sides and pull straight out to avoid damaging the USB connectors.

Mac OS X

1.  End your session by clicking Disconnect in the HotSpot window. 

2. Exit and close the HotSpot window.

3. Click the eject icon to the right of the HotSpot icon in the left column of the Finder window to eject the device.

4. Gently grip the HotSpot on both sides and pull straight out to avoid damaging the USB connectors.

Official Manual

Detailed Device Instruction from Verizon

Borrowing from Kirk Library

The HotSpots can be checked out for a week at a time.  Overdue fines will be charged at $10 per day. After one week, we will declare the device lost and you will be charged $300. These HotSpots are for domestic use only.

Currently, these devices are part of a pilot project and we would appreciate your feedback to understand how you are using these devices and how it has help you.

Data Use and Collection

The HotSpot program is an opt-in service, and that the HotSpot service provider (Verizon) is not bound to the Library's patron privacy policies. We can suggest that patrons use a VPN service or the Tor browser if they want to have an extra level of security when using a HotSpot. 

We eliminate personally identifiable information from those records as soon as the items are returned and processed. During the loan Kirk Library maintains records of who has the HotSpots checked out. 

Kirk Library does not have access to or collect specific usage data. Additionally, we do not provide your information to the service provider. The only data about the HotSpot program that we collect is (a) the total amount of data transmitted and received by each device during a billing cycle, (b) anonymous circulation data related to checkouts of the hotspot devices and (c) data that patrons choose to submit to us anonymously via the feedback form.