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How to Connect Your Android Tablet to a Wi-Fi Network

After you’ve activated the Android tablet’s Wi-Fi radio, you can connect to an available wireless network. The method can vary, depending on whether or not the wireless router features WPS authentication.

WPS routers feature the WPS icon. If you see that icon on the router — and, yes, you need to see and access the router to use WPS access — obey these steps to connect to the Wi-Fi network:

  1. Touch the Apps icon on the Home screen.

  2. Open the Settings app.

  3. Choose Wi-Fi.

    The Wi-Fi settings screen appears.

  4. Touch the WPS icon on the screen.

  5. After being prompted by the tablet, touch the WPS button (it sports the WPS icon) on the wireless router to connect the devices.

    That’s it. You’re done.

For all other types of wireless routers (and even WPS routers that you can’t physically access), follow these steps to connect to the wireless network:

  1. Touch the Apps icon on the Home screen.

  2. Open the Settings app.

  3. Choose Wi-Fi.

    The Wi-Fi settings screen appears.

  4. Choose a wireless network from the list.

    When no wireless networks are listed, you’re sort of out of luck regarding wireless access from your current location.

  5. 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.

  6. Touch the Connect button.

    The network is connected immediately. If not, try the password again.

When the tablet is connected to a wireless network, you see the Wi-Fi Connected status icon, similar to what’s shown in the margin. This icon means 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 icon to 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 the girl with the pink hair who sold you coffee or from whomever is in charge of the wireless network at your location.

  • Not every wireless network has a password. Still:

  • Be careful when connecting to a non-password-protected network. It’s possible that the Bad Guys can monitor such a network, stealing passwords and other information.

  • WPS stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup. Not every Wi-Fi router features such a button.

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

  • To disconnect from a Wi-Fi network, simply turn off Wi-Fi.

  • A Wi-Fi network’s broadcast signal goes only so far. Try to 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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