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Connecting to the Internet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth Devices with the Palm Pre

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  1. Connecting to Wi-Fi Networks
  2. The Web Browser
  3. Bluetooth
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In this chapter you explore how to connect to the Internet and browse the web using either the Palm Pre’s cellular data connection or Wi-Fi. You also learn how to connect to Bluetooth devices such as headsets.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Topics in this chapter include the following:

Connecting to a Wi-Fi network

Using the web browser

Adding web pages to the Launcher

Connecting to Bluetooth accessories

Your Palm Pre can connect to the Internet in two main ways. By default your Palm Pre uses its cellular data connection, which is always available if you have cellular coverage. When you launch the web browser or use an application that communicates over the Internet, your Pre uses the cellular connection.

If, however, you are in range of a wireless network, also called a Wi-Fi network, you can associate with that network and take advantage of the increased speeds. In this chapter we cover how to connect to Wi-Fi networks and use the web browser. In addition we cover using Bluetooth to connect to Bluetooth accessories such as hands-free head sets.

Connecting to Wi-Fi Networks

Your Palm Pre always connects to the Internet over its cellular data connection, but you can make use of Wi-Fi networks to enjoy much higher speeds and an improved web browsing experience. Applications that can stream video and audio can also benefit from these high speeds. The great thing about Wi-Fi networks is that they are all over the place. You can typically find them in places like coffee shops, airports, restaurants, hotels, and probably in your home.

>>> Step-by-Step: Setting up a Wi-Fi Network Connection

Here is how to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

  1. Tap the Wi-Fi icon from the Launcher.
  2. Tap the On/Off switch to turn on (or off) your Palm Pre’s Wi-Fi radio. When this option is set to On, your Palm Pre scans for Wi-Fi networks in range, and after a few seconds you see a list of them.
  3. Tap the name of the Wi-Fi network to which you want to connect.
  4. If the Wi-Fi network you select requires a password or key to connect, your Pre prompts you to type that password or key.
  5. Tap Sign In to connect.
  6. If you connected to the Wi-Fi network successfully, you see a check mark next to that Wi-Fi network in the list of available networks. At this point, if you tap on the name of the network, you can view details about it, including information about the IP address (or network address) that is assigned to your Palm Pre by that network.
  7. If you want to disconnect from the Wi-Fi network, tap Network. Otherwise, you can close this screen by tapping Done.
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