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Networking and Syncing Your iPad

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In this chapter, you find out how to connect your iPad to your local Wi-Fi network. You also see how to sync your iPad with your Mac or Windows computer.

Now that you have a new iPad, why not introduce it to your old friend—your computer? They have a lot in common. And they are both good at sharing—particularly information such as your contacts, calendar, music, video, and documents.

Syncing your iPad to your Mac or PC is something you want to do right away and continue to do on a regular basis. This way you get all your data from your computer onto your iPad, and as you add new information and media to either device, they can share it so it is always at your fingertips.

Setting Up Your Wi-Fi Network Connection

One of the first things you need to do with your iPad, even before you sync it to your computer, is to establish an Internet connection.

Chances are that you did this when you started your iPad for the first time. It should have prompted you to choose from a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks. But you do this again if you first used your iPad away from home or need to switch to use another Wi-Fi network.

To connect your iPad to a wireless network, follow these steps.

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.
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  2. Choose Wi-Fi from the list of settings on the left.
  3. Make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on.
  4. Tap the item that represents your network. (If you tap on the blue-circled right arrow next to each network, you can further customize your network settings.)
  5. If the network is protected by a password, you will be asked to enter the password. Once you enter the password, your iPad will remember it. So if you switch between two locations, like work and home, you will be asked to enter the password for each the first time you use that connection. From that point on, your iPad will automatically log on to each connection as you move around.
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