Connecting to the Wifi System

How to Connect to the Wifi System

If you have a Wifi Account, you must go through two steps to use the Wifi or Mesh Wireless networks:

  1. Connect your computer's Wifi card to Boreal's wireless network: Note - normally this only has to be done the first time you use the network - once your computer has been configured to connect to the wireless network it will usually connect automatically in the future.
    • If you have a bridge: Connect the bridge to your computer's ethernet port using the cable that came with the bridge. If you bought the bridge from Boreal, it's already configured to connect you to the wireless network. Proceed to step two.

    • If you aren't using a bridge: Your computer must have a Wireless networking (Wifi) card using an 802.11 frequency. The drivers for the Wifi card must be properly installed, and if it's an external card (i.e. it's not built into your laptop) it must be plugged into your computer. Once this is done, follow the steps below for your operating system:
      • Windows XP Service without Service Pack 2:
        • When you're in range of the Wifi system, Windows XP will automatically detect that there's a system available and connect you to it. You'll see a bubble in the lower right corner of your screen showing that you've connected to the network. Once you see this bubble you can sign into the system.
      • Windows XP Service Pack 2:
        • When you're in range of the Wifi system, Windows XP SP2 will automatically detect that there's a system available, and you'll see a bubble in the lower right corner of your screen saying a wireless network was detected. Click on this bubble. If the bubble goes away before you get a chance to click it, don't worry. Click on the icon for your Wifi card (that's the icon that the bubble is coming from) instead.
        • A screen will appear showing the available networks. On this screen look for a network called BorealAccess, Boreal-Mesh, or if you're in a hotspot, the location of the hotspot (ex. JavaMoose).
        • Click on this network and then click the Connect button at the bottom. You'll see a warning message - click the Connect Anyway button. Windows will connect to the Wifi Network.
        • When it's successful you'll see another bubble in the lower right corner of your screen showing that you're connected to the network. Once you see this bubble you can sign into the network.
      • Other versions of Windows:
        • You'll need to use the wireless software that came with your Wifi card to detect and connect to the wireless network.  Usually there's an icon in the lower left corner of the screen (next to the clock) that allows you to access this software, or you can click on Start, Programs, find the name of your wireless card and choose the software from the menu that comes up under the manufacturer's name of your card.
        • Software varies from vendor to vendor, but normally there's a tab you can click on to "Search available networks", "Site survey", or something similar.  Click on this tab, find the Boreal network, and click the Connect button to connect to the network.
      • Mac (OSX):
        • Click on the airport icon on the right side of the bar across the top of your screen.
        • From the menu that drops down, select the name of the Boreal wireless network.  This will either be BorealAccess, Boreal-Mesh, or the name of the hotspot you're in (ex. JavaMoose).
  2. Log into the system:
    • Start your web browser.  (This is probably Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Firefox, or Safari.)

    • Instead of your home page, you'll see a screen that says "Welcome to the Boreal Wireless Network".  On the left side of that screen is a sign-in form.  Type in your username and password on that form and click the Login button.
    • In a moment you should go to your home page.  Now you're online and can do email, surf the Internet, etc.