How to Use Wireless Networking on the Nexus 7 Tablet - dummies

How to Use Wireless Networking on the Nexus 7 Tablet

The primary reason for wireless networking on the Nexus 7 tablet is to connect to the Internet. You know that wireless networking has hit the big-time when you see people asking Santa Claus for a wireless router at Christmas. Such a thing would have been unheard of years ago when routers were used primarily for woodworking.

How to use the mobile data network on your Nexus 7 tablet

The cellular Nexus 7 is designed to connect to the Internet by using the mobile data network. This signal is the same type used by smartphones and cellular modems to wirelessly connect to the Internet.

The Nexus 7 uses the 4G LTE data signal. That’s technical jargon for the fourth generation of wide-area data network. It’s currently the fastest mobile data network available, but it isn’t the only one. Older data signal standards exist, and the Nexus 7 can use them as well. That connection happens only when the faster 4G LTE signal isn’t available.

  • A status icon for the type of network being used appears at the top-right part of the screen, next to the Signal Strength icon.

  • Accessing the mobile data network isn’t free. Your Nexus 7 most likely has some form of subscription plan for a certain quantity of data. When you exceed that quantity, up go the costs.

  • A better way to connect your Nexus 7 to the Internet is to use the Wi-Fi signal wherever it’s available.

  • Wi-Fi–only tablets cannot access the mobile data network.

Basics of Wi-Fi

The Nexus 7 uses the same Wi-Fi networking standards as wireless Internet devices, such as laptop computers. So as long as Wi-Fi networking is set up in your home or office or the lobby at your proctologist, it’s the same.

Making Wi-Fi work on the Nexus 7 requires two steps. First, you must activate Wi-Fi by turning on the tablet’s wireless radio. The second step is connecting to a specific wireless network. It’s this network that gives the tablet access to the Internet.

Wi-Fi stands for wireless fidelity. It’s also known by various famous numbers, including 802.11g and 802.11n.

How to activate and deactivate Wi-Fi on your Nexus 7 tablet

Follow these carefully written directions to activate Wi-Fi networking on your Nexus 7:

  1. Touch the All Apps icon.

  2. Open the Settings app.

  3. Ensure that the button by Wi-Fi is in the ON position.

    If not, touch the button. It changes from OFF to ON and turns blue.

If your tablet has already been configured to connect to an available wireless network, it’s connected automatically. Otherwise, you have to choose, and connect to, an available network.

To turn off Wi-Fi, repeat these steps. Turning off Wi-Fi disconnects the tablet from any wireless networks.

How to connect your Nexus 7 tablet to a Wi-Fi network

After the Nexus 7’s Wi-Fi radio is activated, 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 icon 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.

    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.


    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.

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 Add icon 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 required. You can obtain this information from the girl with the pink hair who sold you coffee or 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 must 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.

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

  • 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.