If you just got yourself an iPad, congratulations. You’ve got one of the best tablet devices ever made. Now, some of you may have gone all out and purchased the 3G model, which lets you surf the Web anywhere, depending on your data plan. However, for those of you with a Wi-Fi only network compatible model, you’ll need to connect to a nearby router.
While that may sound like a hassle, connecting your device to a wireless network couldn’t be easier. Simply follow the steps below and you’ll be set.
First, go into the Settings app. This is the one with a picture of gears on it. Hit that and you’ll be taken to the general menu. Over on your left, there is an option for Wi-Fi. Press that setting and you’ll be taken to a separate menu.
When you first start up Wi-Fi will indicate “Not Connected”, because it’s off. Turn it on, and your iPad will instantly begin looking for nearby networks. It’ll then provide you with a list of available routers in the area. Find the one that’s designated for your home or office (ask someone for the name if it’s not immediately available, or if you didn’t set it up) and select it. You may be prompted to ask for a password, or WEP key, so make sure you have it available and enter it. (If your network isn’t instantly recognized, you can enter the information manually as well, under the “Other Network” option.) From there, it’ll take just a few seconds for the device to connect to the network.
Once it does, you’ll see a series of fan-shaped lines standing next to the word “iPad” on the top corner of the screen. That shows not only that you’re connected, but also the signal strength of the router. The iPad has an ideal range, so you should be able to go anywhere in your home or office and still access it. It really depends on the strength of your router.
And that’s it! You’re all set to use Safari, YouTube and any other web-friendly apps for your iPad. Have fun!