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Connecting to a Wi-Fi network

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training

Video: Connecting to a Wi-Fi network

With the iPhone and iPod touch's ability to let you access your email and surf websites with a real web browser rather than some limited mobile browser you'll find on other phones, most likely one of the first things you want to do with your phone or iPod touch is to get online. Both iPhone and iPod touch can connect to Wi-Fi networks whether they are home networks, or public networks at coffee shops or airports. Although the iPhone can also get online via AT&T's 3G and EDGE networks in the US, connecting to a broadband connection over Wi-Fi is going to be a much faster internet experience. Let's start by taking a look at how to turn on your iPhone or iPod touch's Wi-Fi capability.

Connecting to a Wi-Fi network

With the iPhone and iPod touch's ability to let you access your email and surf websites with a real web browser rather than some limited mobile browser you'll find on other phones, most likely one of the first things you want to do with your phone or iPod touch is to get online. Both iPhone and iPod touch can connect to Wi-Fi networks whether they are home networks, or public networks at coffee shops or airports. Although the iPhone can also get online via AT&T's 3G and EDGE networks in the US, connecting to a broadband connection over Wi-Fi is going to be a much faster internet experience. Let's start by taking a look at how to turn on your iPhone or iPod touch's Wi-Fi capability.

Tap the Settings icon to open your system settings, then tap Wi-Fi. First, make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on. Under Choose a Network, you'll see a list of all the Wi-Fi networks your phone or iPod detects, along with an indicator of how strong each one's signal is, and whether the network is open or requires a password. Password-protected Wi-Fi networks have a lock icon next to them. It generally won't find too many none password-protected Wi-Fi networks these days as most people have figured out that leaving their networks open can expose them to attacks or just neighbors leeching off their internet connection's bandwidth.

Tap the network you want to connect to. If a password is required, enter it here. That's pretty much all there is to connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Your iPhone or iPod touch will now remember this network, so the next time you're within range of it, it will connect automatically without you having to select it and enter the password again. Because being connected to a Wi-Fi network consumes battery power, the iPhone and iPod touch don't remain constantly connected. So you don't have to worry about Wi- Fi eating up your battery while you're looking at photos or listening to music. It's when you start an app that requires an internet connection, like the Safari web browser or Mail that your device will then attempt to reconnect to a Wi-Fi network.

First, the iPhone or iPod touch will look for a nearby Wi-Fi network. If it detects one you've connected to in the past, it will connect with no prompting from you. If it detects any new Wi-Fi networks you've never connected to, you'll see a message pop up with a list of the networks it's found, and ask if you want to connect to any of them. If you see one you recognized or have the password for, tap it and you'll be connected. You know you're connected to a Wi-Fi network when you see the Wi-Fi icon at the top of your screen. Now, the iPod touch can only connect to the internet over Wi-Fi and has no other connection options.

If the iPhone fails to find a Wi-Fi signal, or if you declined to connect to any that it finds, it will then connect to the internet via your service provider's cellular network. So the iPhone does have alternate, albeit slower options available if no wireless signals are to be found. As you can see, connecting to a Wi-Fi network is pretty simple, but there are a lot of other important things to know about how the iPhone and iPod touch deal with Wi-Fi networks. So be sure to check out the movie on Wi-Fi in the chapter called Important Settings. In that movie, I go over some crucial information that will help you troubleshoot when you inevitably run into problems with connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

But, for now, I just wanted to make sure you understand the basics of connecting to a network from your iPhone or iPod touch.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training

123 video lessons · 19500 viewers

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  1. 5m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Upgrading to iOS 5
      3m 50s
  2. 42m 59s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 39s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 43s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 11s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 47s
    5. Choosing and controlling sounds
      3m 24s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 35s
    7. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network
      2m 47s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      4m 13s
    9. Using Twitter
      3m 21s
    10. Charging the battery
      2m 54s
    11. Setting up an iTunes account
      3m 15s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 6s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      3m 4s
  3. 14m 16s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      1m 57s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrect
      6m 11s
    3. Select, copy, paste, and undo
      3m 13s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 12s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 43s
  4. 32m 33s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 44s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to a Mac or PC
      5m 10s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      6m 40s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      4m 37s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 30s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      2m 57s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      2m 49s
    8. Backup options
      3m 15s
    9. Wireless syncing
      1m 51s
  5. 59m 55s
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 40s
    2. Adding and managing Favorites
      2m 22s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 39s
    4. Receiving calls
      2m 43s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 17s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 28s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 30s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      2m 37s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 34s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to contacts
      4m 31s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 35s
    12. Connecting a Bluetooth headset
      4m 0s
    13. Forwarding your calls
      1m 43s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 3s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 9s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      6m 16s
    17. Texting, MMS, and iMessage
      9m 48s
  6. 31m 5s
    1. Importing email accounts from a computer
      1m 55s
    2. Setting up Exchange, MobileMe, Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL email accounts
      3m 37s
    3. Setting up other email accounts
      2m 8s
    4. Keeping email synced with your computer
      4m 36s
    5. Composing email
      4m 4s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      6m 47s
    7. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 21s
    8. Setting email options
      5m 37s
  7. 26m 35s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 5s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 22s
    3. Saving images
      2m 34s
    4. Filling out forms and using autofill
      3m 48s
    5. Creating Web Clips
      2m 29s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      1m 47s
    7. Internet tethering
      3m 30s
  8. 27m 9s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 40s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 30s
    3. Playing and controlling videos
      3m 23s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      2m 55s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 13s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 15s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 39m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      7m 32s
    2. Shooting better photos using HDR and grid lines
      2m 56s
    3. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 16s
    4. Customizing your wallpaper
      3m 20s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 53s
    6. Viewing and editing video
      2m 28s
    7. Taking screenshots
      1m 14s
    8. Sharing photos and video
      5m 8s
    9. Geotagging photos
      4m 26s
    10. Creating photo albums
      1m 59s
  10. 19m 7s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      2m 32s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      2m 42s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      2m 26s
    4. Getting directions
      5m 19s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      1m 46s
    6. Using Street View
      2m 11s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 11s
  11. 18m 9s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 14s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      1m 45s
    3. Setting Time Zone support
      2m 8s
    4. Using the Clock app
      5m 27s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 35s
  12. 6m 39s
    1. Using the Notes app
      2m 55s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 44s
  13. 7m 38s
    1. Using the Stocks app
      2m 29s
    2. Using the Calculator app
      50s
    3. Using the YouTube app
      2m 54s
    4. Using the Weather app
      1m 25s
  14. 17m 13s
    1. Understanding the App Store
      4m 36s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 24s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 35s
    4. Finding app settings
      38s
  15. 16m 1s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 40s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 25s
    3. Brightness
      55s
    4. About
      2m 24s
    5. Usage
      3m 46s
    6. Date and time settings
      1m 10s
    7. Restrictions
      2m 41s
  16. 12m 24s
    1. Auto-lock
      1m 22s
    2. Passcode lock
      4m 37s
    3. Find My iPhone
      6m 25s
  17. 17m 22s
    1. Introducing Siri
      6m 8s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      1m 36s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 18s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 50s
    5. Voice control for non-iPhone 4S devices
      5m 30s
  18. 16m 0s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 2s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      35s
    3. Rebooting
      42s
    4. Resetting
      2m 15s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 33s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 39s
    7. Extending battery life
      5m 14s
  19. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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