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How to Join a Wireless Network with the iPad

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Your iPad probably arrived with the Wi-Fi radio turned off and no way of getting onto the Internet. If you want to get online then you will have to enable the Wi-Fi radio and join a network. The how-to below will show you how to enable your Wi-Fi radio and how to join a password protected network. If your network is not password protected (you should password protect it) simply select the network from the Wi-Fi networks list in Step 2 below.

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Note: I used the iPad Wi-Fi 16GB and a WPA2 protected wireless network in this tutorial.

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1. Tap on the Settings located on the Home screen.

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2. Tap on Wi-Fi on the Settings pane.

3. Turn on your Wi-Fi radio by toggling the OFF switch to ON.

4. Since we are adding a protected network that is not broadcasting the SSID, tap on Other…

Note: If the network is listed, click on the network and skip Step 6.

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5. Enter the name (SSID) of the wireless network you are attempting to connect to.

6. Tap on Security to specify the security type used by the network.

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7. Tap on the Security type used.

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8. Enter the password.

9. Tap on Join.

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iPad Joining the Network

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Screenshot of the list of networks including the one we just added…that’s it you’re online now!

Originally posted Apr 03, 2010

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  • Frank Needham

    Unable to connect Ipad to my network. Using Linksys WRT54G router. Ipad sees the network, but doesn’t connect.