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Sams Teach Yourself iPad™ in 10 Minutes by Bud E. Smith

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Lesson 4 Getting Connected to Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth

This lesson helps you learn how to get connected—and stay connected—to Wi-Fi hot spots; to 3G cellphone data coverage, if your iPad has 3G support; and to Bluetooth when (and only when) you need it.

Deciding How to Connect

Wi-Fi is the preferred way to connect your iPad to the Internet. It’s also, usually, the only way for those of us who own an iPad Wi-Fi model rather than an iPad Wi-Fi+3G model.

Wi-Fi is another name for a wireless local area network, or WLAN. A WLAN works via “hot spots,” the name for a wireless router that sends out and receives radio waves that are modulated to send and receive data to the Internet.

Wi-Fi hotspots are becoming nearly ubiquitous in some people’s lives. ...

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