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The iPad is ultimately a device create to allow you consume content in an easy and portable manner. As there is no better location for consumable content than the Internet, being able to connect to a Wi-Fi network so you can access the Internet is a necessity. This guide will walk you through all of the steps required to connect to a Wi-Fi network using your iPad. We have also outlined steps that will allow you to access almost all types of Wi-Fi networks as well as using proxy servers if your particular scenario requires it.
This section will explain how to connect to a Wi-Fi or Wireless network that is broadcasting its name or SSID. For most public, and many private, Wi-Fi networks the name, or SSID, of the network is broadcast so that anyone who tries to connect to it will be able to do so. This guide will walk you through the steps of connecting to a Wi-Fi network that is broadcasting its name. If you wish to connect to a wireless network that is not broadcasting its name, then please see the steps here.
There are many networks that do not advertise their network name, or SSID, for extra security. Due to this, the only way for an iPad to connect to these types of networks is to manually enter the network information that is required to make a connection. This section will explain how to manually connect your iPad to a wireless network.
In order to accomplish this please follow these steps:
If the wireless network you are connecting to does not use DHCP to assign IP addresses to wireless devices, then you will need to configure your iPad with static IP addresses and other information in order to connect to the Internet or a network. To do this first find out the info, such as the static IP address, IP subnet mask, DNS servers, and router IP address, and proceed with the following steps. Please note, you must first create the wireless profile that you will be assigning static information to.
Some networks require you to use a proxy server to access the Internet. A proxy server is another computer or device that acts as an intermediary between you and the Internet by relaying your requests to a server and the servers responses back to you. Unfortunately, this type of setup requires you to specify certain settings in order for you to use the Internet properly. This section will provide information on how to configure your iPad to use a proxy server.
At times you may find the need to delete a Wi-Fi connection profile that has previously been configured on your iPad. Whether this is because the profile belongs to a hotel that you are no longer staying at or you have changed your wireless password and need to re-enter it, this section will explain how to delete the profile from your iPad.
You will no longer automatically connect to this network. Do not be concerned, though, if you go back to the Wi-Fi settings and still see the network you just specified should be forgotten. Once you power off the iPad, and start it again, the network will no longer be listed.
When working with computers and networking problems invariably happen. This section will offer steps that can be tried to resolve Wi-Fi connectivity issues with your iPad.
What to do if your iPad can't access a visible network:
The first step is to make sure that the wireless connection does not require a password. You can determine this by seeing if there is a lock symbol next to the wireless network name. If there is, then make sure you know the correct password to the network before attempting to join it. If that still does not resolve your issue, try moving closer to the wireless router and seeing if you are able to connect then.
What to do if you cannot access a network that is not broadcasting its network name or SSID:
Diagnosing connections to Wi-Fi networks that are not broadcasting their name or SSID can be difficult. The first suggestion, if the wireless router is under your control, is to allow the router to broadcast the name. If you can then connect, then you may have entered the name incorrectly, selected the wrong wireless encryption type, or entered the wrong wireless encryption password. You should then confirm these settings by looking at the configuration of the router, and if necessary, changing those settings to new ones. Then try connecting again.
What to do if you cannot access the Internet when connected to a wireless network:
If it shows that you are connected to a network, but you still cannot access the network, you should first make sure that your Internet connection is actually working. Test the connection from another computer and device to confirm that it is working. If it is working, go into the Wi-Fi settings for this particular connection on the iPad and under the DHCP settings, make sure that you have an assigned IP Address, Subnet Mask, Router, and DNS. If you do not have these fields populated, then tap on the Renew Lease button, and then tap on the Renew button when it asks if you with to continue. This will make the iPad request new connection settings. Once that is done, if you now have settings in the DHCP fields, try connecting to the Internet again.
If this still does not work, then you may want to confirm that you do not need to enter a static networking configuration into the iPad. To determine this, you should ask the owner or administrator of the wireless router.
Last, but not least, if the iPad shows its connected, but cannot access the internet, it could be because you entered the wrong wireless encryption password or it was changed after you initially created the Wi-Fi profile. To test this, simply Forget the network profile and try recreating it and entering the password again.
How to fix slow iPad Wi-Fi speeds or low quality wireless connections:
Unfortunately there have been a lot of reports that the iPad wireless range and sensitivity is not as good as it could, or should, be. That means that Wi-Fi connections that work fine with other devices or computers may not work as well with the iPad. To determine the quality of your Wi-Fi connection, you can look in the upper left-hand corner of the device. The three quality levels are shown from best to worst as , with the lower the level being the worst connection speed.
Unless Apple releases an update, or a software hack is released to increase the power of the antenna, we will need to use other methods to make the Wi-Fi connection quality better. To do this you can first try and use the iPad closer to the wireless router to increase your connection quality. This, though, is a ridiculous thing to have to do considering how much you spent on the iPad. Another option is to purchase a wireless extender that can extend the range of your wireless device so it is strong throughout your entire house or apartment. Popular extenders are the Linksys WRE54G Wireless-G Extender, Belkin Wireless G Universal Range Extender, or the Netgear WGXB102 Range Extender. When you add an extender to your wireless network, it will increase the range of your wireless router so that you can connect to your network in locations that previously you could not.
As you can see there are many Wi-Fi configuration options available to suit your specific needs. By knowing how to connect to a wireless network you can now connect to the Internet from locations such as a public Wi-Fi hotspot, a friends house, or a hotel. No matter what the specific requirement of your location, hopefully the information in this guide has shown you how to work around them. If you have any questions with the information here,s or need some help with the steps, please do not hesitate to ask in our iPad forum.
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