HCC Libraries hotspots are grant-funded for student use only. Often, however, faculty and other employees need hotspots because of weak or missing internet access of their own.
Public libraries throughout Tampa Bay are promoting availability of hotspots for check-out by the general community. These libraries are linked below:
Availability info varies by library.
The library now has two models of the Franklin Hotspots. The newer ones have a smaller screen and are named after animals. The older ones have a larger screen and are named after fruits.
Using the hotspots is the same regardless of the model. Below are some steps:
Power on the hotspot using the power button that is on the bottom of the device. Press the power button until the display lights up.
When powered on, the hotspot will show the battery level and the signal strength in the small screen. (If the battery level is low, use the enclosed charging cable to charge and power the hotspot.)
Navigate between informational screens on the hotspot by pushing the power button. Each push will show a different screen.
This screen simply shows the billing cycle date for the device. It does not impact the student's ability to use the device.
Press the power button to display the Wifi name. This will be the name of the Wifi Network that you will select on your device in order to access the Internet.
After selecting the Wifi Network name, your device will likely ask for a password. The password for all HCC devices is Hawks1968.
Power off the device when you are not actively using it. Press and hold the power button until the display says Goodbye.