Still not sure how these work

@MsTickle (24962)
Australia
February 20, 2013 10:46pm CST
I've just bought a cute little tablet to take with me when I travel overseas in a couple of months. I'm supposed to be able to connect to the Internet as it has Wi-Fi but I'm not sure how to go about it. My laptop connects by modem to a satellite and the tablet is not connecting automatically. Do I need to buy something else to use my tablet at home (online) and also will that work while I'm travelling and staying overseas?
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
21 Feb 13
Ooh...where are you travelling to? Do I need to dust before you visit? Go to settings. Select network. Let it find your wifi. Enter password. Good to go! Off to clean the car. Might have an Aussie visitor......
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
21 Feb 13
Settle down sweety...unless you've moved to Vietnam. I'm doing a mother daughter trip with my elder daughter. How do I find the password?? (I've never used wi-fi.)
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
21 Feb 13
If you have wifi at home the you will have had to activate it. Usually you do this by entering a password that either comes with the router (a box that fits either through a modem or is standalone and is connected to a telephone socket) or that you make up when you set up the wifi. Sounds to me like you need a 15 year old to come and set you up!
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@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
21 Feb 13
If the tablet says it has wi-fi capability then you have to go to settings, check connections and you either have to set the wi-fi connection either to manual or automatic. Plus, if the wifi's got password, you have to input it as well. If all else fails, you can verify it to the service center or the manual that goes with it.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
21 Feb 13
Yes, it does have wi-fi capability but what do I set it to? Manual or Auto? How do I find out what the password is if there is one? I've read the manual and that is why I've come here to ask because I could find nothing there to help me.
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@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
21 Feb 13
I see. Well I have an iPad tablet so I don't know if this is the same with an Android. When you say manual you have to manually input and "discover" the wifi connection. If it's on automatic, it will search for the available wifi connection by itself. It will just prompt you to encode the password if there's any.
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@topffer (33798)
• France
21 Feb 13
You don't say what is the OS installed on your tablet ? I have an android tablet. To connect wi-fi, wi-fi has to be activated in the settings, then you search for a wi-fi network around, select the one you want to use, and enter the key if the network is secured -- on some ISP boxes/router there is one more security : you have to push a button on the box to associate the router to the tablet to authorize the connection --. That is all.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
21 Feb 13
To be honest, I'm not sure what the OS is but mine is also an Android...is that the OS. Forgive my ignorance but I'm a newbie at this. What router? I'm not using one. I'm thinking I might need to get one to take travelling with me but I'm unsure of what I'm doing. That's why I'm asking for help.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
21 Feb 13
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
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@topffer (33798)
• France
21 Feb 13
It is a lot more recent than mine. How do you connect to the internet ? If you have just a cable between your computer and your phone/cable line and no wi-fi enabled router, you will probably not be able to connect your tablet at home, except if there is an opened/not protected wi-fi in your neighborhood. To try your tablet you will then have to go in a place offering a free wi-fi network like a library, a McDonald or a Starbucks.
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@KrauseHome (35025)
• United States
2 Mar 13
Well, if your tablet is anything like mine, mine automatically connects when their is a router here in my house, or anywhere that there is WiFi. If you are unsure of what else you might need, find out before your trip if there is going to be WiFi there, and if you need anything special to access the internet. For ours, anywhere there is WiFi I can connect.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
3 Mar 13
Yes, I figured all that out. I don't have a router but we will be staying at the Sunset Resort in Hoi An and they have Wi-Fi. Thanks Tina. It's a fabulous little gadget.
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@KrauseHome (35025)
• United States
5 Mar 13
They are nice. That is actually how I am responding back in here right now. Since we have a router even when my husband is sleeping I can be online posting in here. Best little invention and money well spent.
@bunnybon7 (35926)
• Holiday, Florida
22 Feb 13
what a great discussion. im reading all the comments and responses because im just like you, i have no idea how to use most of this new technology today and i want so much of it. i want a phone like my sons have that will work on the wifi thing and they surf the internet, etc. with them. yet im scared i will buy something again, i cant ever learn to use
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
22 Feb 13
One thing I do when ever I buy new technology is to buy the basic version. I don't need fancy or complicated because for me, even basic can be complicated.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
27 Feb 13
hi dear MsTickle I am a technical klutz to the max but my tablet works when I start it. Sorry I am no help but I hope you find out soon. Where will you go and what will you do overseas?
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
27 Feb 13
Hi R, I haven't worked it out fully yet but I think I'm on the right path, maybe. I'm taking my elder daughter to Vietnam. She went last year with her daughter and now I've decided to go. I wanted some company and some help so J was a good choice. I hope we can do a few more trips as well. Next year I will take my younger daughter on a cruise. I want to swim in the South China Sea and walk along beaches and look at different scenery and explore ancient places and so much more.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
21 Feb 13
Hopefully, you've figured out how to connect your tablet to a wireless wifi by now. It's surprising how many establishments overseas offer free wifi. As long as it is free, it's easy to get online. As a family, we went overseas last December. And the kids had fun connecting to the internet wherever and whenever.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
22 Feb 13
Yes, my daughter took her daughter to Vietnam last year and was thrilled at the chance to go again. I'm quite excited. The hotel has free wi-fi and I'm sure it won't be a hassle. I love my tablet and I've only had it since yesterday. It's so small yet so handy. My daughter has an I-Pad...I know which one I would rather have...besides, mine is pink.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
21 Feb 13
You probaby need to get a replacement modem that has a wireless router in it. Then you can connect the tablet to the wireless router.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
22 Feb 13
Or I could get a router besides the modem...however, I won't be using the tablet to that extent at home and it will be cheaper anyway to get a 3G dongle for it and that will let me use it anywhere like a mobile phone.
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
21 Feb 13
OH, MY LORD...MsT....you gave me a laugh of the morning (here) My mind being anywhere than where it should be!!!! A new little tablet (tablet being pill)...is she becoming a wild and wanton woman, and has found a new form of birth control pill or..... Is this a new "anti seasick" pill??? I am a blithering idiot when it comes to the cyber world...so NO insight to this discussion, except.... That I am absolutely thrilled at the journey that you are about to embark upon! WOW...Vietnam--the beauty! Be warned tho, that if I were taking this journey with you, one seat going there, TWO for return..as I think I would find a way to EAT my way thru Vietnam...just love their culinary delights! Probably my Fav..along with Japanese! JEALOUS..or what? Happy trails, dear friend..keep us posted from 'NAM!
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
22 Feb 13
If you want my dear, send me your email and address via PM ands I will send you a postcard AND wave to you via cyber space. We are going in about May and I still need to get my Passport.
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• United States
16 Aug 13
You would normally want to connect your tablet thru WiFi. Do you have a wireless router? You would need that in order for your tablet to be connected to the internet. You can get more information from this link:
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