Access a Wi-Fi Network on Your Droid Bionic - dummies

Access a Wi-Fi Network on Your Droid Bionic

Wi-Fi for the Droid Bionic is the same wireless networking standard used by computers for communicating with each other and the Internet. After activating the Droid Bionic’s Wi-Fi radio, you can connect to an available wireless network:

  1. Press the Menu soft button while viewing the Home screen.

  2. Choose Settings and then Wireless & Networks.

  3. Choose Wi-Fi Settings.

    You see a list of Wi-Fi networks displayed, as shown in this figure. If no wireless network is displayed, you’re sort of out of luck regarding Wi-Fi access from your current location.


  4. Choose a wireless network from the list.

  5. If prompted, type the network password.

    Putting a green check mark in the box by Show Password makes it easier to type a long, complex network password.

    If the Wi-Fi network supports the WPS setup, you can connect by using the network PIN, pressing the connection button on the wireless router, or using whatever other WPS method is used by the router.

  6. Touch the Connect button.

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

When the Droid Bionic is connected, you see the Wi-Fi status icon appear atop the touchscreen. This icon means that the phone’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 accessing them more difficult. In these cases, choose the Add Wi-Fi Network command (refer to the figure) to manually add the network.

You need to input the network name, or SSID, and 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 Browser app to get on the web and find a login page that lets you access the network: Simply browse to any page on the Internet and the login page shows up.

  • The phone automatically remembers any Wi-Fi network it’s connected to as well as its network password.

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

  • A Wi-Fi network is faster than the 3G cellular data network, so it makes sense to connect by Wi-Fi if the only network available is 3G.

  • Unlike a cellular data network, a Wi-Fi network’s broadcast signal goes only so far. It’s good to use Wi-Fi when you plan to remain in one location for a while. If you wander too far away, your phone loses the signal and is disconnected.