Today, technology has made it possible to remain in touch with your near and dear ones with the click of a button. When on the move, you would have felt the need to connect your mobile phone to a Wi-Fi connection. It is possible. We will have a look at this process of connecting to Wi-Fi with iPhones, iPod Touch or any devices that support the Android system.
Connect The iPhone or iPod Touch
We will be using iPhone version 4.0 for this purpose.
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Navigate to the “Settings” icon on your device and open it. Now, select the Wi-Fi option from those available.
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Tap the Wi-Fi settings to toggle “On” if it is “Off” already. As and when the Wi-Fi option is active, you should see a list of networks underneath it. If any network is encrypted, a padlock symbol will appear next to the name of the network. If the network is “open”, there will be no such symbol.
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Tap a network to select it and join. Joining a certain network might need you to enter a password. If so, key in the password and tap on the “Join” button to the bottom right corner. The name of the network will change to blue color when the log in is successful along with a check mark to the left of the name of the network. The network SSID will also get pointed out.
It is possible that a certain network may have a hidden SSID. If you wish to connect to such a network, you will have to select “Other”. To join a network with hidden SSID, you should know three things – the security type, the SSID and most importantly, the password. If you know this information, enter it and you can join.
Once you are logged in, you can browse through any web site of your choice. It will also allow you to connect to different devices from the Wi-Fi network.
Connect Using Android
We will be using Android 2.1 for this purpose.
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From your Android-operated device, select “Settings”. It will take you to the next set of options. Select the “Wireless & networks” option. Now, choose the “Wi-Fi settings”. Tap the check mark to turn the Wi-Fi on if it is not on already. Like the iPhone and iPad Touch devices, the available list of networks will appear. Encrypted networks are denoted by the padlock symbol. Select a network to connect.
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If a network is protected by a password, type it to connect. When you tap on “Connect”, you will get connected to that network. If there is any hidden SSID network you would like to connect to, choose the “Add Wi-Fi Network”. Then, you will have to type the SSID as well as the password and the security type of the network. Then, “Save” all the changes.
Now, you are connected to the web and can browse normally. You can also connect to more network devices. Apart from browsing, you can also share your data through the wireless devices.