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How to Connect Your BlackBerry PlayBook to WiFi

Using WiFi on your BlackBerry PlayBook begins with setting up the tablet. With the PlayBook configured to work with WiFi, turn on the PlayBook’s WiFi transceiver. You have two ways to do that.

Here’s one way to do this:

  1. Go to the home screen and tap the Gear button.

    The list of options appears.

  2. Tap WiFi.

  3. Next to WiFi Connectivity, make sure the word On appears.

    If not, touch the switch and slide it to the left.

  4. For Select a Network, choose one of these options:

    • Available Networks to see a list of all possible connections.

    • Open Networks to see only those that do not require a security code or other sign-in.

    • Saved Networks to go to a list of networks you have previously configured.

  5. If more than one network is listed on the page, choose one to work with.

    In general, choose the one that you know to be secure and that has the strongest signal, indicated by the most number of green bars.

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Here’s the other way. If the system is already configured to search for networks, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the home screen and tap the WiFi icon.

    The icon is in the status bar at the top.

  2. Next to WiFi Connectivity, make sure the word On appears.

    If not, touch the switch and slide it to the left.

  3. If more than one network is listed, choose one to work with.

    In general, choose the one that you know to be secure and that has the strongest signal, indicated by the most number of green bars.

  4. Proceed based on the type of access granted:

    • Open Network. Connect and proceed to use the WiFi.

    • Secured WiFi. Type in the network password and tap Connect. Some systems may also require a username.

    • WiFi Protected Setup (WPS). This requires physical access to the router hardware with these steps:

    1. Choose Use WPS.

    2. On the router, press the WPS button.

    3. On your PlayBook, tap Start to initiate communication.

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    • WiFi Protected Setup PIN Code.

    1. Choose Use WPS.

    2. On the administration screen for the WiFi router, type in the PIN that is displayed.

    • Manual Connection.

    1. Choose Connect Manually.

    2. Type in the name of the network.

    3. If the network is hidden, select Hidden SSID.

    4. Choose the security type and specify any additional information.

    5. Tap Connect or tap Save (to save without connecting).

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