Joining a Wi-Fi network
Wi-Fi settings determine whether iPad uses local Wi-Fi networks to connect to the Internet. When
iPad is joined to a Wi-Fi network, the Wi-Fi icon in the status bar at the top of the screen shows
signal strength. The more bars you see, the stronger the signal.
Once you join a Wi-Fi network, iPad automatically connects to it whenever the network is in range.
If more than one previously used network is in range, iPad joins the one last used.
If no Wi-Fi networks are available, iPad (4G or 3G models) connect over your cellular network,
You can also use iPad to set up a new AirPort base station that provides Wi-Fi services to your
home or office. See “Setting up an AirPort base station” on page 121.
Turn Wi-Fi on or off: Go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
Set iPad to ask if you want to
join a new network
Go to Settings > Wi-Fi then turn “Ask to Join Networks” on or off.
If “Ask to Join Networks” is turned off, you must manually join a network to
connect to the Internet when a previously used network isn’t available.
Forget a network, so iPad
doesn’t join it
Go to Settings > Wi-Fi then tap
next to a network you’ve joined before.
Then tap “Forget this Network.”
Join a closed Wi-Fi network
To join a Wi-Fi network that isn’t shown in the list of scanned networks, go
to Settings > Wi-Fi > Other, then enter the network name.
You must already know the network name, password, and security type to
connect to a closed network.
Adjust settings for connecting
to a Wi-Fi network
Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, then tap
next to a network. You can set an HTTP
proxy, define static network settings, turn on BootP, or renew the settings
from a DHCP server.
Setting up an AirPort base station
An AirPort base station provides a Wi-Fi connection to your home, school, or small business
network. You can use iPad to set up a new AirPort Express base station, AirPort Extreme base
station, or Time Capsule.
Use the AirPort Setup Assistant: Go to Settings > Wi-Fi. Under the “Set up an AirPort base
station” heading, tap the name of the base station you want to set up. Then follow the onscreen
Some older AirPort base stations cannot be set up using an iOS device. For setup instructions, see
the documentation that came with the base station.
If the base station you want to set up isn’t listed, make sure it has power, that you’re within range,
and that it hasn’t already been configured. You can only set up base stations that are new or have
If your AirPort base station is already configured, the AirPort Utility app from the App Store lets
you change the base station’s settings and monitor its status.