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Wi-Fi

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Video: Wi-Fi

As I mentioned in the first chapter, your device will remember networks you've previously connected to and automatically reconnect to them. This is a convenience so you don't have to constantly go through a series of menus to connect to a network you've already been on. If the Wi-Fi network has a unique name, this is just fine, but if you're guilty of leaving your Wi-Fi router's name at its default setting, for example, you can be almost certain to find multiple Wi-Fi networks with the name Linksys or even Wireless, your iPhone won't be able to tell the difference between one Wi-Fi network named Wireless and another and will happily connect to any router with that name whenever you are within range of one.

Wi-Fi

As I mentioned in the first chapter, your device will remember networks you've previously connected to and automatically reconnect to them. This is a convenience so you don't have to constantly go through a series of menus to connect to a network you've already been on. If the Wi-Fi network has a unique name, this is just fine, but if you're guilty of leaving your Wi-Fi router's name at its default setting, for example, you can be almost certain to find multiple Wi-Fi networks with the name Linksys or even Wireless, your iPhone won't be able to tell the difference between one Wi-Fi network named Wireless and another and will happily connect to any router with that name whenever you are within range of one.

In some cases, that will be okay and you'll just end up leeching off someone else's network with the same name. But occasionally, your iPhone or iPod touch will connect to an identically named Wi-Fi network that has other settings, which might not let you connect to the Internet even though it allowed you to connect to the Wi-Fi network itself. In those cases, it can be confusing when you see a strong Wi-Fi connection indicated on your device while being completely unable to open a web page, check your email or connect to the Internet in anyway. If you run into this problem, open your Wi-Fi Settings and check which network you're connected to. You might recognize a network name identical to one you normally connect to at home or elsewhere.

Now if one is available, try selecting a different network and getting online again. Another option is to tap the blue arrow next the network that's giving you problems and then tap Forget this Network and then tap Forget. That makes your iPhone or iPod touch stop automatically connecting to networks with this name. So, if you're used to connecting to a Wi-Fi network named Wireless while you're at home and you run into another network named Wireless while on a trip that your iPhone keeps connecting to, you can tap Forget this Network. You'll have to reconnect to your own network again once get home, but at least your phone won't keep automatically connecting to the wrong one while you're on your trip.

Another scenario, in which you might find it useful to forget a network, is if you've ever paid for Wi-Fi in a public place. For example, in some businesses like hotels and coffee shops, you have to first connect to a Wi-Fi network which then redirects you to a page where you have to enter your credit card number to purchase access time. If you do this one time in a hotel, the next time you're in the same hotel or even in another property from the same chain, that has the same Wi-Fi network name, your iPhone and iPod touch will automatically connect to that network and you'll be unable to access the Internet without paying again. But if you're on an iPhone and just want to use the cellular network to quickly check your email, go into your Wi-Fi Settings and tap Forget this Network to make your phone stop trying to connect to it or alternately, turn Wi-Fi off which will make your Internet connection default to the cellular network.

Another behavior you might find annoying when you're out and about with your iPhone or iPod touch is that it might always give you a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks any time you try to do something that requires an Internet connection. Now on an iPod touch, that might not be so bad, since Wi-Fi is the only way for you to get online, but on an iPhone, especially when you're in a major city where there are dozens of Wi-Fi signals everywhere and most of them are locked or unavailable, having your iPhone ask you to join one of these networks each time you try to do something Internet related, can get really annoying really quickly. In those cases, go into your Wi-Fi Settings and make sure Ask to Join Networks is off. That way, your iPhone or iPod touch will still connect to any networks it recognizes, but it won't keep bugging you to join other networks it detects.

So, those are just some additional things to know and understand about your Wi-Fi Settings.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

129 video lessons · 17463 viewers

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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