Laptop computer access

The ConnectFast Laptop Access Areas are a service offered by the library to its public users. This enables you to bring in a laptop computer and use the library's network for free high-speed Internet access. Both wired and wireless (Wi-Fi) service are available.

  • You may connect your computer only at jacks designated for Connect Fast Laptop Access. At present these are located in the reading area along the curved "window wall," and in the individual and group study rooms. Small wall-mounted signs designate connection areas. You may not connect your computer to any other data jacks anywhere else in the library building, nor may you connect your computer to the library's printers or other equipment. See "Computer Use Policy" mentioned below.

  • Internet Access is provided to the library through OPLIN: Ohio Public Library Information Network, and your use of it is subject to the rules and regulations of OPLIN, Westlake Porter Public Library, and all applicable local, state, and federal laws. Use of network access for any illegal purpose is strictly prohibited and violators may be prosecuted. Additionally, you must adhere to the library's Computer User Guidelines as they apply to our network services. If you are unfamiliar with these guidelines, please ask a library associate for a copy of our "Computer Use Policy."

  • Please be aware that Westlake Porter Public Library does not provide any anti-virus protection, no content filtering, and minimal firewall shielding via our Public connections. OPLIN and this library are not responsible for any loss or inconvenience suffered by you due to your actions or the actions of others while you are connected to our network. Library staff may not provide technical support or repair service for personally owned computers and/or software.


  1. Data jacks are orange in color; signs designate which are for public use.
  2. You will need an installed network interface card in your computer (most are built-in), and a Category 5 patch cord to connect.
  3. Wireless (Wi-Fi) users must have their own wireless network interface card installed in their computer.
  4. Please ask for help at the Electronic Services Desk.
  5. Mobile business users should utilize their corporate VPN (virtual private network) connection to protect data as it travels through the Internet.
  6. All mobile users on public networks should use personal firewalls and turn off file/print sharing to protect their systems from intrusion and data theft.