You can now check out the internet from the DeWitt District Library and take it with you anywhere!

The DDL Hotspot is an easy-to-use, mobile hotspot that keeps any of your WiFi-enabled devices connected to the Internet.

A DDL Hotspot will connect up to 10 devices on Sprint's 4G LTE network.

 

Here's all the information:

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Borrowing and using a DDL Hotspot is free!

Contents

  • Mobile Hotspot
  • Micro-USB Charger
  • Nylon Carrying Case
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Lithium Ion Battery & SIM Card

Overview

The DDL hotspot can be used anywhere a strong cellular signal is available to connect any Wi-Fi enabled device to the internet.

If you're located in an area where you do not get cell phone service, a DDL hotspot will not work either. Check the coverage map here.

Average 4G LTE download speeds are between 6 - 8 Megabits per second (Mbps), but performance varies higher and lower based on various factors. There is no cap on total bandwidth use.

Basic Instructions:

  1. Charge the hotspot, if needed.
  2. Turn on the hotspot and wait for it to establish a connection
  3. On your WiFi enabled device, locate the WiFi network, connect to it, and supply the password. The WiFi network name and password are supplied on the card attached to the carrying case.

How do I return the device?

We ask that you fully charge the battery before returning the device.

You will need to return the hotspot to the Library's service desk on or before the device's due date. Hotspot devices returned in the drop box will be subject to a $20 fee. You must return the device with all the original packaging and accessories. Hotspots returned that are missing any of the included accessories will have a $5 fee per missing item charged to your account.

How do I renew the device?

Just like any library item, if there aren't any other holds on the hotspot, you may renew the device one time by logging into your account through the Library's website, the Library's mobile app, or by visiting the Library's Service Desk.

Can I use the hotspot outside of the U.S.?

No, the hotspots only work in the U.S.

Can I use the hotspot to send/receive text messages?

No. Traditional texting/SMS messaging is not available.

How do I know if my R850 Mobile Hotspot has a weak signal?

The signal indicator on the main screen only displays a few bars.

What might interfere with my signal?

The most common cause of interference is the materials used in the construction of certain buildings and houses. To test this, try checking your signal while outside.

What information about my Internet usage, if any, is tracked by the Library or the service provider?

Your Internet usage is not tracked by the Library or the service provider.

"Data Limit Reached" Message

The DDL Hotspot Data Plan is subject to Sprint's network management policy for the unlimited LTE plan it offers its retail customers. Sprint "Quality of Serivce" Practices: Unlimited customers who use more than 23 GB of data during a billing cycle will be deprioritized during times and places where the Sprint network is constrained. See Sprint.com/networkmanagement for details.

Under certain circumstances related to heavy use in an area, the Sprint may limit the amount of data that its network will carry, usually for a few hours. This is done automatically in response to heavy network congestion. If this happens, the DDL HotSpot may display a "Data Limit Reached" message and/or internet speeds for the device will be reduced for a period of time. The Library does not receive notice when this occurs and there is no "fix" other than to wait until the congestion period is over.

 

R850 Mobile Hotspot Specifications

Battery: 2450 mAH, Standby Time up to 1.7 days, Battery Life up to 10 hours

Network & Connectivity: LTE, download speeds up to 6-8 Mbps, Wi-Fi

Supported WiFi Enabled Devices: Smartphones, Laptops, Tablets, Cameras, Printers

Supported Web Browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer (8.0+), Mozilla Firefox (3.1+), Safari (5.0+) Google Chrome (36.0+)

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, 8, 10; Mac OS 10.5 or later; Android 2.1 or later

Security Options: WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Physical Characteristics: 3.5 oz, 3.46" (W) x 2.62" (H) x 0.47" (D)

R850 Get Started Guide

R850 User Guide

Sprint's Privacy Policy