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Connecting your iPod® to the wireless network

Handheld devices are very much in demand in the market today especially those that are wirelessly capable.  One good example of this would be the iPod.

IMPORTANT:  Before you begin, you need to check the wireless settings.  You can do this by accessing your router’s web-based setup page.  For more instructions on how to do this, click here.  If you have Linksys Connect installed, you may also use it to check your wireless settings.  Click here for detailed instructions.
To connect your iPod to the wireless network, follow the steps below:

Step 1:
On your iPod, go to Settings and enable the Wi-Fi feature by tapping the arrow and select ON.
Step 2:
On the Wi-Fi Networks screen, select the wireless network name (SSID) of your wireless network.
IMPORTANT:  If your router has the Guest access feature enabled and you want to connect to the main network, ensure that you select the wireless network name (SSID) of the main network.  The guest network will have the suffix “–guest”.
NOTE:  In this example, the SSID is called Lynn.
Step 3:
Enter the Password or network key of your router and tap the Join button.
NOTE:  The password or network key is case-sensitive.
A check mark beside the wireless network name indicates that your iPod is connected to that SSID.

In order to test your network connection, open a web browser on your iPod (i.e. Safari®, Opera) and check if you are able to go online and browse the Internet.

NOTE:  If you encounter problems connecting your iPod to your wireless network, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure to enter the password or network key correctly.
  • If you are connecting to a wireless network with a Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption, enter the “$” sign followed by the password.  If you still cannot connect to the wireless network, change the network encryption to Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or WPA2 Personal and enter a password you can easily remember.  For instructions, click here.  The WEP encryption will reduce the network speed to G-mode and setting it to WPA or WPA2 will allow you to attain optimal Wireless-N speeds.
  • If you are still unable to connect to your secured wireless network despite entering the correct password or network key, you may try to disable the network security settings first then try connecting your iPod to the network.  Once you have connected to the wireless network, try setting up your router’s wireless security settings again.
Your iPod should now be successfully connected to the wireless network.  If you want to connect other handheld devices at home, click on the following links for the complete instructions: QUICK TIP:  If you still encounter problems connecting your iPod to your wireless network after verifying that you have the correct network settings, you may need to check other factors affecting your device’s connectivity.  To learn how, click here.
Related Articles:
Connecting your iPod®, iPhone® or iPad® to the Internet (Video)
Setting up your router's wireless password using an iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®

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