The County is pleased to offer wireless broadband in the downtown governmental/university campus area. This provides exciting opportunities to boost the County’s educational, social and economic advancement in technology.
The wireless broadband service, commonly known as “WiFi", offers downtown library users, university students, County employees and the general public free indoor and outdoor access to the Internet to check e-mail, conduct research, or surf the Web wirelessly. The networks, BC-Public and MN-BCL-NET, are designed to be scalable for future expansion. It was built by County staff from the Office of Information Technology and Traffic Engineering Division, with assistance from the Facilities Management Division.
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Students from the nearby BCC/FAU campus have the ability to step away from the classroom setting while staying connected online for e-mails and research and enjoy outdoor vistas such as Bubier Park, and Las Olas Boulevard. Library patrons will have similar experiences with Internet connections available adjacent to the Downtown Main Library in Stranan Park. Local residents and visitors can also stay “connected” to home and work while visiting two of Broward County’s key tourism areas – Las Olas Boulevard and the Old Himmarshee area of Fort Lauderdale.
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The primary service area of the outdoor WiFi wireless network identified as “BC Public” or "MN-BCL-NET" includes Stranahan Park adjacent to the Main Library Branch, along Southwest 2nd Street from the Broward County Governmental Center through the Old Himmarshee area, and Las Olas Boulevard, beginning at Andrews Avenue and continuing east to approximately Southeast 10th Avenue. Within the Governmental Center, BC Public is accessible from several convenient locations:
County Commission Chambers (Room 422), meeting room 430 and the seating area outside fourth floor elevators
Third floor cafeteria
First floor lobby
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Connecting to Broward County’s Downtown Wireless Network
Calls for assistance regarding access to WiFi hot spots will be handled by the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000.
Please note, there are various ways of connecting to a wireless network. The below procedures illustrates how to connect using a laptop.
1. Right click on the Wireless Network Connect icon to connect to Broward County’s Downtown Wireless Network (BC-Public or MN-BCL-NET).
2. Click on BC Public or MN-BCL-NET, and then click on the Connect button.
3. Launch your Web Browser to access the Web if it doesn't launch automatically.
4. Select "I Agree" to the Broward County Public WiFi Network Terms and Conditions of Use. If you'd like to read them first, select the link for the Terms and Conditions.
5. After selecting "I Agree" you will then see "Connection Successful" and be connected to the Broward County home page or the home page for Broward County Library.
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Frequently Asked Question About WiFi
Q - What is WiFi?
A - WiFi, or Wireless Fidelity, is a wireless technology of small antennas that uses specific frequencies or signals that are received by laptop computers, tablets and smart phones equipped with WiFi technology. A WiFi service area is commonly called a “hot spot”.
Q - What is the name of the service?
A - The name of Broward County’s free access to WiFi is “BC Public.” If you're closer to the Main Library downtown, you may notice that the name is MN-BCL-NET.
Q - Where is the service located?
A - There are multiple hotspots in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. The service areas include inside the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The signal will be strongest inside ccommon areas such as the County Commission Chamber on the 4th floor, 3rd floor cafeteria and the 1st floor lobby. Additional service areas are available outdoors in Stranahan Park adjacent to the Main Library Branch, on SW Second Street from the Broward County Governmental Center through the Old Himmarshee area and the BCC/FAU campus on Las Olas Boulevard starting at Andrews Avenue and continuing east to approximately Southeast 10th Avenue. The Library offers free Wi-Fi at all of its locations.
Q - Is there a charge for the service?
A - No, it's a free service provided by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.
Q - What do I need to do to access the wireless network?
A - A laptop, tablet or smart phone with wireless 802.11b and/or g network card.
Q - Can I receive the WiFi service inside a building within the service area?
A - Yes, however the network wasn't designed to provide access inside the buildings with the exception of the Governmental Center and the Main Library.
Q - Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect to the service?
A- No special settings, user names or passwords are required, but you must agree to the terms and conditions of using the service.
Q - Is this service secure?
A - No. It's open Internet access. Please keep this in mind if you're accessing sensitive business or personal information.
Q - What can I do to protect my device while using the wireless service?
A - We always recommend that you install a personal firewall and anti-virus software on your device, whenver possible.
Q - What's the download speed for this service?
A - Depending on number of simultaneous users, the download speed is 3Mbps.
Q - Who can I call if I need help accessing the service for the first ?
A - Broward County’s Call Center staff can step you through the brief instructions for accessing the wireless service. You can reach them at 954-831-4000.
Q - I own a business and currently have WiFi service inside my business. Will BC Public interfere with my existing service?
A - If both services operate using the same frequency or channel there may be some interference, thus reducing some of the download speed. However, the service should still work.
Q - What if I don’t select “I Agree” after the Terms and Use Agreement located on the opening page of the service?
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