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Using Wi-Fi in the Clubhouse or Beyond

At Rossmoor, Wi-Fi is available throughout the Clubhouse and in the Meetinghouse. In the Clubhouse it allows Meeting Presenters the use of the Internet for their program in any room of the building. Residents may use a Wi-Fi enabled laptop or notebook anywhere in the Clubhouse including the outside Terrace. The iPod Touch - which uses Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet - also automatically connects. The network does not need a digital key to establish a connection.

How to Connect
Most recent Laptops and Notebooks (as well as the iPod Touch - which also connects to Wi-Fi), do so automatically. There may be NO STEPS required in order to enable a connection - other than perhaps indicating "Yes, I would like to connect." Older computers that were not built with a "wireless card" can be enabled by purchasing an external USB Wireless Card and installing it.

Remember that all Laptops have the ability to "Disable" wireless, and in fact some new Laptops have this as the initial setting. Learn where this setting is on your laptop as you need to turn it on when using Wi-Fi anywhere (once on it remains on), and need to turn it off if using it on an aircraft.

Since the three networks in the Clubhouse (named "rossmoor clubhouse", "rossmoor" and "Rossmoor") do not require an access code, most computers do connect automatically. However, depending upon the setup of the laptop, a few steps may be required. Best to read the instructions coming with the laptop as different models and makers can employ very different methods to enable connection. We are including two explanations below - connect by Windows XP or connect by Dell Wireless Card - as examples that might be helpful.

Connect via Windows XP | Connect via Dell Wireless Card
 
A) Connecting on a PC via Windows XP

 

 

1) When the Icon for "Wireless" appears in the lower right of the screen, double left click on it to bring up the menu below.

 

 

 

 

 

2) On this menu, click on
"View Wireless Networks."

 

 

3) Then note the networks offered in the window that opens.

In this example two different networks have been identified:

  • "rossmoor clubhouse" which covers the Hawthorn end of the building, and

  • "Rossmoor" which covers the Gallery end of the building adjacent to E&R Department.
 

4) Click on the strongest signal offered. (The one with the most bars) Then select "Connect."

In most cases this will be sufficient, and once connected, the laptop generally "remembers" the connection for future use.

 
B) Connecting on a PC via Windows 7

 

 

1) When the Icon for "Wireless" appears in the lower right of the screen, double left click on it to bring up the menu below.

 

 

 
C) Connecting on a PC Laptop with a Dell Wireless Card

 

 

1) When the Laptop has a Dell Wireless Card, the "Green Bars" Icon for "Wireless" appears in the lower right of the screen. Double Left click on it to bring up the next screen.

 

 

 

2) When this screen opens, locate the tab at the top left labeled "Wireless Networks" and click on it to open the next menu.
 

3) Available networks will be those without a red "X". (Note that a "padlock" means that a special code must be given to connect - but this is not required in the clubhouse.)

In this example, the "rossmoor clubhouse" network indicates it is available because there is no red "X" on the icon to the left of its name.

Click on it to select, and then click the button at the bottom of the window labeled "OK". This will usually establish the connection to the Wi-Fi.

 

4) Moving to the Gallery end of the Clubhouse, the first network may be lost and the second - "rossmoor" - may now be identified. Follow the same steps as above to include it in your list of enabled Wi-Fi.

5) Once established the connection should be automatic from then on. The Laptop will connect to the first Network in the list that is available.

 
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