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Advanced BlackBerry PlayBook Options for Secure Networks

By Corey Sandler

The BlackBerry PlayBook may look like an ordinary consumer grade tablet, but it has a wide range of professional-grade security features. The idea is that you can have the convenience of your BlackBerry but the security of a government spy agency or a bank.

Various secure networks have different security requirements. Consult the owner of the network or a system administrator for assistance if necessary. Shown here are some of the common bits of information you may need in order to manually configure a network that isn’t fully open, as shown in the control panel of the WiFi network, reachable from the home screen:


  • Network Name. Enter the name that you want to see in your list of saved WiFi networks.

  • SSID (Service Set Identifier). If the WiFi network is hidden, type the SSID (the name the network uses to identify itself). On the PlayBook, select the Hidden SSID check box; the PlayBook will look for a network using that name.

  • Security Type. Set the security type that the WiFi network uses. The basic options are Open, WEP, WPA Personal, WPA2 Personal, WPA Enterprise, or WPA2 Enterprise.

  • Security Subtype. Enterprise versions of secure WiFi systems often use a secondary security form. You don’t get to choose the one that sounds most interesting; you have to use the one specified by the network administrator.

  • Username and Password. If required by the administrator, you will need to enter this information.

  • VPN Profiles. If required, choose the VPN (Virtual Private Network) profile for the network. Get this information from the network administrator.

  • CA Certificate. If necessary, set the root certificate that your tablet should use to verify that it’s connecting to the correct WiFi network. If the network requires a certificate, you need to transfer it to your tablet before you can connect. Certificate authority information is generally provided to BlackBerry users in a secure corporate environment; this information is supplied by a system administrator.

  • Enable IPv6. Decide whether the network uses the advanced IPv6 protocol; this information would be supplied by an administrator.

  • Automatically Obtain IP Address. When the box is checked — the default — you don’t need to enter an Internet protocol address to identify your tablet; that would be taken care of automatically by the operating system.

    If your system administrator sets up your system differently, clear this check box if you need to manually specify an IP address for your tablet, and enter the information provided by the manager of your corporate or enterprise system.

  • Use HTTP Proxy. Tap and enable this check box if you want to connect to a proxy server, a function that a system administrator might put in place; you will be instructed which options to use.

  • Allow Inter-Access Point Handover. If the network spans multiple access points, this box allows you to instruct your tablet whether it should remain connected when you move from one access point to another.