How to Connect iPad to the Internet

Jun 4, 2013 3g, 4g, home network, 2 Comments
Connect iPad to Internet

This article will show you the basic steps to connect iPad to the Internet through Wi-Fi and 3G networks. Connecting to the Internet with your iPad is important, after all if you can’t connect to the Internet with it, then you might as well be carrying around a typewriter or a video player. If you can not connect to the Internet, then your iPad is severely limited in its abilities. An Internet connection lets you work and play from almost anywhere.

The steps to connect iPad to the Internet will depend on the type of iPad you have. Some iPads are Wi-Fi only which will only connect through a Wi-Fi connection. This can be a good thing because it means you can use any of the numerous hot spots available through the city or even connect to your home network with your wireless connection.

Other units will let you connect via both Wi-Fi and 3G. This means that you can still use the Wi-Fi access available almost anywhere, but that you can also use the paid 3G data network provided by many of the cell phone networks. 3G connectivity means that you can connect anywhere that has a 3G cellular reception.

Wi-Fi Connection

Connecting to a Wi-Fi connection is easy, just be sure to always use caution when accessing any public wireless network.

  1. Tap on the Settings application icon that looks like a gear, this should bring you into a category labeled as General Settings.
  2. On the left side of the screen you should see a category called Wi-Fi, click on this and the iPad will start looking at the networks that are available in your area and list them under Choose a Network.
  3. When the network you want to connect with is displayed, tap on it. If the network name has a lock next to it you will be required to enter a password.
  4. The iPad will now start to connect to the network. When the iPad is connected it will take you back to the original settings screen and will have a check mark next to the network you have joined. Your iPad will also display a wireless network symbol next to the word “iPad” in the upper left corner.

Connecting to a 3G Network

Before you can connect to a 3G network you must subscribe to a data plan with a cellular network. Keep in mind that roaming charges and data usage fees may be incurred anytime you connect with a cellular network. Check with your provider to learn about your data contract.

  1. Tap on the Settings application icon that looks like a gear, this should bring you into a category labeled as General Settings.
  2. On the left side of the screen, you should see a category called Cellular Data, tap on it.
  3. Tap View Account and follow the onscreen instructions to set up and connect to your account.

Once your iPad is connected to a cellular data network you should see a ’3G’, ‘E’ or ‘°’ icon in the status bar on the upper left side of the screen.

Setting up Data Roaming

If you are outside of your cell networks, then you may be able to use another network by turning on data roaming.

  1. Tap on the Settings application icon that looks like a gear, this should bring you into a category labeled as General Settings.
  2. On the left side of the screen you should see a category called Cellular Data, tap on it.
  3. Tap on the words Data Roaming to turn it on and it should now say ‘On’.

Deleting a Wi-Fi Connection

When you are finished using a network in a public space you should probably remove their Wi-Fi connection from your iPad. This will prevent your system from trying to reconnect to that network, while you are still there.

  1. Tap on the Settings application icon that looks like a gear, this should bring you into a category labeled as General Settings.
  2. On the left side of the screen you should see a category called Wi-Fi, click on this and the iPad will start looking at the networks that are available in your area and list them under Choose a Network.
  3. Click on the network name you wish to delete and select Delete Network.

If you search for a network while still there, then your iPad will still find the network, but it will not reconnect to the network unless you tell it to. Once the iPad has been shut down it will not retain the network information, it will only look at the currently available networks.

Now, you’ll no longer be wondering how to connect iPad to the Internet, and you can spend your time surfing the web!


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A lost Canadian that woke up one morning and found herself in the U.S. with a husband, child and a mortgage. April is a gear head and a geek that loves tinkering with cars and computers; but strangely the two never meet as she likes to keep her 1940 Oldsmobile in its all original state and her computer updated and running sweet.

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