Wi-Fi Connections for Enterprise Mobile Devices: Android - dummies

Wi-Fi Connections for Enterprise Mobile Devices: Android

By Rich Campagna, Subbu Iyer, Ashwin Krishnan, Mark Bauhaus

If your enterprise security policy and mobile devices allow it, users will be connecting to Wi-Fi networks. There are some techniques you may want to use when instructing your corporate users and signs that users need to watch for on Wi-Fi networks. Make sure that users are wary and cautious of connecting to open networks.

A number of devices on the market run the Android operating system, including the Motorola Droid, HTC Desire, and Droid Incredible.

1On your Android device, tap the Settings icon.

You may have to navigate the applications list to locate the Settings icon.

2Tap Wireless & Networks under Settings.

The Wireless & Network Settings screen appears.

3Tap Wi-Fi Settings.

Note that Wi-Fi needs to be turned on for the device to be able to detect Wi-Fi networks. If necessary, tap Wi-Fi to turn it on. When Wi-Fi is enabled, you should see a list of networks on this page. (If you don’t see any Wi-Fi networks, it simply means that you aren’t near any.)

Networks that are open and insecure appear without a padlock icon. Beware of connecting to such networks. At the very least, start up a VPN tunnel to your corporate VPN gateway as soon as you connect to such an open network.

4Select a network to connect to.

If prompted, enter the password to connect.

Many public networks require you to accept a legal agreement to use their network. Be sure to glance through the disclaimer before you accept the policy offered to you.