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How to Connect an iPad to a Wi-Fi Network

If you're a new iPad owner, one of the first things you'll need to learn how to do is connect your iPad to a wireless network. That's because the iPad, being the small and portable device it is, just screams to be taken to the coffee shop. And the airport. And your friend's house. All of which have wireless networks, or wi-fi networks as they're referred to in iOS.

Fortunately, it's a relatively simple process to connect an iPad to a wi-fi network. Just be sure to commit this process to memory, because it's something you'll need to do over and over again, unless you set your iPad to automatically detect and prompt you to connect to wi-fi networks.

Here's how to connect an iPad to a wi-fi network:

  1. From the home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Wi-Fi. The window shown below appears.

  3. Verify that the Wi-Fi slider is in the On position. This allows your iPad to detect and connect to wireless networks.

  4. Tap the wireless network you want to join. If the network is not password protected, the iPad will connect immediately.

  5. If the wireless network you selected is protected with a password, you will be prompted to enter a password, as shown below. Enter the password and then click Join to connect to the network.

  6. If the wireless network you selected is protected with a captive portal, you will be prompted to enter a password, or a username and password combination, as shown below. These are increasingly common in hotels, airports, and on college campuses.

Congratulations! Your iPad is now connected to the wi-fi network. From now on, the iPad will automatically connect to this network when it is in range. If you accidentally selected the wrong wi-fi network, you can tell your iPad to forget it.

How to Tell if Your iPad is Connected to a Wi-Fi Network

There are several indicators you can use to verify that your iPad is connected to a wi-fi network. The easiest way to visually check to the status bar in the upper-left corner of the iPad's screen. The wi-fi symbol is displayed when you are connected to a network, as shown below.

If you're curious about which wi-fi network the iPad is connected to, open the Wi-Fi settings. The network name is displayed in the sidebar, and a checkmark is also displayed next to the connected network, as shown above.

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