Wi-Fi Hotspot Device

Wi-Fi Hotspot Device

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A WiFi hotspot is a device that allows you to connect your mobile enabled devices (e.g. laptop, smartphones, tablets, etc.) to the Internet. The hotspot is portable so you can connect your device almost wherever you go (for example: home, on the bus, in the park, etc.) A resident of Chicago with an active adult Chicago Public Library card may borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot from selected Chicago Public Library branches for three weeks. The device may be renewed if no one else has placed it on hold.The hotspot must be returned to the Circulation Desk of the CPL branch where it was borrowed. The hotspot will be turned off and the wireless service terminated if the hotspot is not returned on the due date.
Characteristics: 1 Wi-Fi hotspot device + 1 cord.
Alternative Title: Internet-to-go

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darhe3425
Jan 29, 2017

I would like the wifi spot on the go on hpld or to order. Thank you

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metamoorphose
Nov 10, 2016

Just picked up my hot spot/
Excited to use.

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casselloc
Sep 04, 2016

I was glad to be able to use the Hotspot provided by the library because I cancelled my Hotspot service due to the expense and I really missed it. This kept me from having to take my laptop to the library every time I wanted to use the Internet or being limited to the 2 hours and not remembering all of my passwords to get into programs I wanted to access.

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dwchicago
Jun 30, 2016

Just wanted to show my support for this program as well. Kudos to CPL!!

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CPL_Cowboy
Jun 06, 2016

This is a great program. Very convenient & the device works very well. Monthly it goes from LTE to 3G, but only after the monthly allotment of data (5Gs) is used up. The only problem so far as been with the paper Nazi's at the "West-Lawn" library, who want you to carry a pass-port, utility bills & a birther certificate in order to check out a hot spot from that location. Even though a library card seems to be satisfactory at all other locations.

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asapsteve
Feb 29, 2016

I was hoping that since I have a difficulty in travelling long distances that I would be able to pick up this device at the the Harold Washington Library which is closest to me

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Metaneter
Dec 14, 2015

The wi-fi Hotspot works pretty well, that is, when it works. It has both LTE and 3G capability, and the speed is good for basic web-browsing and decent for streaming video and connecting multiple devices, such as laptops or consoles. As long as they're charged, they can run nice lengths of time with no issues. However, there can be occasional drop-offs in signal strength as well as intermittent interruptions of service, where the hotspot device becomes virtually unusable for short to moderate lengths of time. Shutting down and restarting the device seems to aid the recovery process, though service recovery may not be immediate. It's unclear as to whether exceeding the monthly data limit impairs LTE data speed or not.

Overall, though not as fast and stable as wired internet, the Hotspot is very convenient for use on the go and great for people who don't have subscribed service at home.

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mookie306
Nov 22, 2015

This is a fantastic program that CPL has, it 's helped me to complete some of my school assignments at home and away from home this is a excellent program.

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anhj1983
Oct 29, 2015

Good device to have! Works great without any problems and comes with great perks. I love the fact that you can keep it for 3 weeks and renew up to 15 times if it's not on hold for another borrower. I will definitely recommend!

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MissClark
Oct 01, 2015

I LOOOVE LOVE LOVE my hotspot I'm happy the library piloted it and put it available to the public I appreciate it sooo much especially being a mother trying to save a few bucks. Thanks again

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Mar 08, 2016

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