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How to Access the Internet on Your Android Tablet

The primary reason for wireless networking is to connect your Android tablet to the Internet. There are two forms of wireless networking available on most Android tablets: the cellular data network and Wi-Fi.

How to use the cellular data network with your Android tablet

Not every Android tablet is designed to be used with the digital cellular network. When your tablet is so blessed, it can use that network to connect to the Internet. The digital cellular signal is the same type used by cell phones and cellular modems to wirelessly connect to the Internet, and the signal is available almost everywhere.

Several types of digital cellular networks are available:

4G LTE/HSPA: The fourth generation of wide-area data network is as much as ten times faster than the cruddy old 3G network. It’s the latest craze in cellular networking. The cellular providers are busily covering the country in a coat of 4G LTE or HSPA paint; if the signal isn’t available in your area now, it will be soon.
3G: The third generation of wide-area data networks is several times faster than the previous generation of data networks. This type of wireless signal is the most popular in the United States.
1X: Several types of original, slower cellular data signals are available. They all fall under the 1X banner. It’s slow, but it still works.

Your Android tablet always uses the best network available. So, if the 4G LTE network is within reach, that network is used for Internet communications. Otherwise, a slower network is chosen.

  • A notification icon for the type of network being used appears in the status area.

  • Accessing the digital cellular network isn’t free. Your cellular tablet most likely has some form of subscription plan for a certain quantity of data. When you exceed that quantity, the costs can become prohibitive.

  • A better way to connect your tablet to the Internet is to use the Wi-Fi signal. The digital cellular network signal makes for a great fallback because it’s available in more places than Wi-Fi is.

  • If you opt out of the cellular data plan, you can always use a cellular Android tablet as a Wi-Fi tablet. You cannot, however, adapt a Wi-Fi tablet to access the digital cellular network.

Wi-Fi connection for Android tablet

Android tablets use the same Wi-Fi networking standards as other wireless Internet devices, such as a laptop computer. So as long as Wi-Fi networking is set up in your home, office, or in the lobby at your proctologist, it’s the same.

To make Wi-Fi work on an Android tablet requires two steps. First, you must activate Wi-Fi, by turning on the tablet’s wireless radio. The second step is connecting to a specific wireless network. That network gives the tablet access to the Internet.

Wi-Fi stands for wireless fidelity. It’s also known by various famous numbers, including 802.11g and 802.11n.

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