How to connect to an unsecured WiFi network

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Learn how to connect to an unsecured WiFi network. Some wireless networks are listed as being open or unsecured, which means that you are able to connect your devices to them without needing a password, or having to go through an authentication process.

 

The method for viewing available wireless networks in your area varies depending on the device. Below you will find general information on how to do this on a mobile device (smartphone, tablet) and on a PC or laptop.
 

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If you are in proximity to a wireless network that is listed as open you can connect to it by opening your wireless network options on your device and selecting the network. Once you have opted to connect to this network there should be no further requirement. Provided you are within range of the network your device should connect within a few seconds, and you will be able to access the Internet through the open network. 

         

 

How to connect on a mobile device
  1. Open your Settings menu on your device
  2. Select the WiFi or Wireless Settings option
  3. Tap the open network that you would like to join

 

You can often identify an open network as it will not have a padlock icon displayed next to the network name.

 

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WiFi Connection Options on an Android DeviceWiFi Settings on iPhone/iPad

 

More information about connecting to wireless networks on your specific mobile device can be found here: Smart Phone Guides

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How to connect on a PC or laptop

On most Windows computers you will be able to access a list of wireless networks by clicking the wireless connections icon on the right-hand side of your computer's taskbar. Once clicked a list of available networks will be displayed and you can select the network that you would like to join.

 

Windows Wireless Connection Icon

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On most Macintosh computers you will need to click on the wireless network icon at the top of your screen, which will cause a drop-down box to appear with a list of the wireless networks that are available in your area. Select the network that you would like to join.

 

Mac Wireless Connection Icon

Mac Wireless Connection Icon

More information about connecting to wireless networks on your PC or laptop can be found here: Wireless Device Quick Setup Guide

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