How to Unlock Apple iPad Wi-Fi
By Todd Bowerman
The Apple iPad relies on a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet for many tasks, and though some models do support 3G connections while on the go, most rely on Wi-Fi while at home or in the office in order to minimize data usage and guarantee high speeds. If you are attempting to connect to Wi-Fi on your iPad and the network has a lock next to it, you will need to either log in with a password or disable the lock from your router’s control panel.
Log In With Lock
Touch the “Settings” icon on your iPad tablet.
Tap “Wi-Fi.” Select your network.
Enter the correct network password and tap “Join.”
Disable Lock in Router Settings
Open a Web browser on a PC or Mac that is already connected to the locked network.
Enter the default address for the router control panel (see link in Resources). Type the administrator username and password to access the control panel.
Open the “Wireless” or “Wi-Fi” section of the control panel and disable WPA protection. This will make the network completely open, removing the lock icon on the iPad.
Save your changes and exit.
- Open Wi-Fi networks are not safe. Any nearby user can access the network and possibly capture the information you send and receive while using it. Set up a new administrator user name and password for the router as soon as you can.
- Information in this article applies to iPhones running iOS 6.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.