I recently heard from a reader who was concerned when he went to set up the network on his new Android tablet. He saw strange networks that he hadn’t added to the tablet, and wondered if that meant his tablet was used. Let’s check it out. I actually happen to have a new tablet that I’ve not connected to the Internet yet.
When I select Settings and then go to WiFi, this is what I see.
That’s a lot of networks, but that doesn’t mean that someone has added a bunch of networks to my tablet. The tablet automatically scans and looks for available networks. As you can see there are a whole of wireless networks available where I am.
The tablet picks up the name that the user assigned to his or her network. That doesn’t mean that I can log on to all of these networks. Note the lock and the “secure” next to most of them. That means you need a password to get it.
There is one open network available, but it’s someone’s guest network intended for visitors to their house and not for me. It would be impolite for me to take up their bandwidth.
To log on, I’ll need to find my wireless network and tap it.
Then I can carefully enter my password.
It will take a few seconds to authenticate. If you see an authentication error, it means you’ve entered the password incorrectly.
Once I’m connected, I’ll see the word “connected”underneath my network. My tablet will remember my connection unless I tell it not to.
This is also the same process for connecting your Android phone to your Wi-Fi.