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Connecting Android™ devices to the wireless network

Smartphones and tablet PC are two (2) of the most in demand gadgets in the market today.  Both devices support the latest wireless technology so people can browse the Internet, download files and stream videos at remarkable speeds whenever and wherever.

Using wireless connection, you can enjoy the following benefits and more:
  • Effortless and faster communication
  • Optimized media entertainment
  • Free Internet connection
  • Convenience 
Before connecting your Android smartphone and tablet to the wireless network, ensure that you take note of the wireless settings of your router.  These include your router’s wireless network name (SSID) and wireless security or password.  You can get these by accessing the router’s web-based setup page and checking the Wireless tab > Basic Wireless Settings sub-tab.  If you have a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, just click Wireless under the Router Settings on the left navigation panel to get your wireless settings. 

QUICK TIP:   For step-by-step instructions on how to check the wireless settings of your Linksys router, click here.
Once you have all the necessary information, follow the steps below to successfully connect your Android smartphone and tablet to the network:
NOTE:  The Sony Experia is used in this example.
Step 1:
On your Home screen, tap Settings.

Step 2:
Tap the toggle switch to turn ON Wi-Fi.

Step 3:
Tap your wireless network name (SSID) on the list of Wi-Fi networks and enter your wireless Password.
NOTE:  If your wireless network is NOT password protected, tap your router’s wireless network name and your Android smartphone will automatically connect to the network.

QUICK TIP:  Passwords are case-sensitive.  Tap the Show password checkbox to make sure you’re typing the password correctly.
Your Android smartphone should now be connected to your wireless network.  You can now access the Internet.

NOTE:  The Nexus 7 2nd Gen Android tablet is used in this example.
Step 1:
On your Home screen, tap the Apps icon.

Step 2:
Tap the Settings icon. 

Step 3:
Tap Wi-Fi and make sure that it is set to ON.

Step 4:
Tap your wireless network name (SSID) from the list to connect.
NOTE:  The linksyssmartwifirouter network is used here for illustration purposes. 

QUICK TIP:  If your network is secured, enter the wireless security password first and tap Connect

To view your password, tap the Show password checkbox.  WPA keys are case-sensitive (abc is different from ABC).  WEP keys are hexadecimal (0-9 and a-f) characters and are not case-sensitive.
You are now connected successfully to the wireless network.  To check the IP address of your Android tablet, tap your router’s SSID.

QUICK TIP:  If you encounter authentication errors while connecting your Android tablet to the network, ensure the following:
  • SSID broadcast must be enabled
  • Wireless MAC Filter feature must include (allow/permit) or exclude (deny/prevent) the MAC address of the tablet.  For more information on setting up Wireless MAC Filter, click here.
  • Correct wireless network name and password must be used 
Connecting other devices
After successfully connecting your Android smartphone and tablet to the wireless network, you can now do the same to the other devices at home to fully utilize your router.  You can connect as much as 32 wireless devices to the wireless network.  Click the links provided for step-by-step instructions:

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