At Flowers Hospital, we are sensitive to the fact that our patients may feel disconnected from regular routines and communications so we offer free WI-FI (wireless) internet access. Patients and visitors can stay connected to the Web, check e-mail or surf the Internet on their laptops or PDAs when visiting.
WI-FI Frequently Asked Questions
Are costs involved?
No, this is a free service. Costs are not passed to you or your insurance company. You must, however, provide your own wireless device.
What is a wireless network?
A wireless network works much the same way as other computer networks, except there are no cables or wires involved; instead, a device with built-in wireless capability or a special wireless network card is required. When properly configured, your computer will communicate with a dedicated network, providing access to the Internet that's similar to your home or work access.
What equipment do I need?
- Wireless Device: You must provide your own laptop computer or PDA. Most PCs, Pocket PCs and Macintosh computers should work, if they are properly configured and have an appropriate wireless network card
- Wireless Card: You must provide your own wireless network card. Most newer devices have the wireless card built in -- otherwise, it will probably be inserted into a slot on the side of the laptop or the top of the PDA
- Supported wireless formats: Your network card must support 802.11a, 802.11b or 802.11g frequencies. Refer to your device manual for these specifications. The Flowers Hospital wireless network does not support other industry standards.
- Browser: Your hardware must use a standard Internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox.
- Most wireless cards are standardized and can be purchased online or from a retail electronics store.
How secure is my Internet session?
Wireless networks are shared among all users and are public. All public networks lack the high level of security you might be accustomed to at work and home. We encourage you to be careful when sending personally identifiable or sensitive information. If the web sites you visit support the industry standard SSL encryption, our network connection to that site is as secure as a standard wired network.
Who can I call for assistance?
You can call Information Systems at extension 8150 if you need assistance connecting to our wireless network.