New Wi-Fi Hot Spots Help Arlington Residents to Connect During COVID-

Published on April 15, 2020

Update: (July 14, 2020): Access to the Columbia Pike parking lot Wi-Fi will be unavailable during a long-planned renovation project.

Update (June 12, 2020): Two additional Wi-FI hotspots are now available in the parking lots of the Charles Drew Community Center and Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center.

Update (April 23, 2020): A third public Wi-Fi hotspot is now available in the parking lot of the Aurora Hills Library. Users must remain in their car or maintain a 6-foot distance from other people.

Arlington residents who lack reliable internet service at home during the COVID-19 pandemic can now benefit from two new free County Wi-Fi hotspots.

Access to the ArlingtonWireless network is now available at the Central Library and Columbia Pike Library parking lots. The lots are open daily to County residents who need online access for work, schooling, health-related information or to complete essential tasks such as ordering groceries and household supplies.

Residents are asked to remain in their vehicles while on site to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Those who are not in vehicles should always maintain a physical distance of 6 feet apart and comply with public health guidelines.

Accessing the network is simple. Using a mobile device, choose the ArlingtonWireless network and accept the terms of agreement. While no user ID or password is required, it is important to remember that the County's wireless network is not secure like most public hotspots. Users will be asked to acknowledge this fact before being provided access to the free wireless.

Users should not transmit sensitive information over the wireless network and make sure that they have firewall and anti-virus software installed on their equipment.

Learn more about the COVID-19 response in Arlington