Getting connected

equipment_needed.eps Equipment needed: Your iPad and access to a broadband Internet connection or wireless network; a compatible SIM card if you have a 4G or 3G iPad.

skills_needed.eps Skills needed: Knowledge of how to connect other computing equipment to your PC and network is helpful, but we'll explain everything as we go.

As we note in Chapter 2, you have to get online to send setup information to Apple just to get your iPad up and running. But connecting to the Internet also allows you to get the most from your iPad. When you're online, you can send and receive emails, surf the web for information and entertainment, and download music and apps. In this chapter, we show you all you need to know to connect your iPad to the Internet.

Setting up your Internet connection

In this section, we look at how to set up a new Internet connection. You'll need your Wi-Fi network name and password and a nano SIM from your 4G/3G data provider if you have an iPad Air or iPad mini with Cellular connection, or a micro SIM if you have an iPad 4 with Cellular connection (or an older iPad). After you've set up your web connection, see how it works by checking out Chapter 9 on browsing the web or Chapter 15 on Maps.

Setting up a secure Wi-Fi connection

If you followed the steps in Chapter 2 to set up your iPad using ...

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