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How to Connect to a Wi-Fi Network on Your Nexus 7

After you’ve activated the Nexus 7’s Wi-Fi radio, you can connect to an available wireless network. You’ve probably already configured the tablet for your home or office network. When you’re out and about and you need to connect to another network, heed these steps:

  1. Touch the All Apps button on the Home screen.

  2. Open the Settings app.

  3. Choose Wi-Fi.

  4. If you’re connecting to a WPS wireless router, touch the WPS button on the screen, and then press the WPS button on the wireless router.

    You will see the WPS button. A similar icon appears on the wireless router. After being prompted by the tablet, touch the WPS button on the wireless router to connect the devices. That’s it. You’re done.

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    If you don’t have a WPS router, continue with Step 5:

  5. Choose a wireless network from the list.

    A list of available Wi-Fi networks appears on the screen. When no wireless networks are listed, you’re sort of out of luck regarding wireless access from your current location.

  6. If prompted, type the network password.

    Touch the Show Password check box so that you can see what you’re typing. Some of those network passwords can be long.

  7. Touch the Connect button.

    You should be immediately connected to the network. If not, try the password again.

When the Nexus 7 is connected to a wireless network, you see the Wi-Fi Connected status icon. This icon indicates that the tablet’s Wi-Fi is on, connected, and communicating with a Wi-Fi network.

Some wireless networks don’t broadcast their names, which adds security but also makes connecting more difficult. In those cases, touch the Manually Connect button to manually add the network. You need to type the network name, or SSID, and choose the type of security. You also need the password if one is used. You can obtain this information from whoever is in charge of the wireless network at your location.

  • Not every wireless network has a password.

  • Some public networks are open to anyone, but you have to use the Chrome app to find a login web page that lets you access the network: Simply browse to any page on the Internet, and the login web page shows up.

  • The Nexus 7 automatically remembers every Wi-Fi network it has ever been connected to and automatically reconnects upon finding the same network again.

  • A Wi-Fi network’s broadcast signal goes only so far. Use Wi-Fi whenever you plan to remain in one location for a while. If you wander away, your tablet loses the signal and is disconnected.

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