How to Connect an Android Tablet to Broadband Internet
Android tablets can be described as large smartphones where you can do plenty of things even the device even without an Internet connection. Providing that the Android tablet features a SIM card slot, you could send and receive text messages the same way you would in a smartphone. Some 7-inch and 8-inch tablets may even be capable of using your network operator to place calls.
Since these tablets run on the Android operating system, you can expect these tablets to come with several basic applications out of the box such as a calendar and calculator. Compare the applications with the ones you see on a typical Windows laptop and you will realize that you have the same level of functionality on a touchscreen. But can you imagine a Windows laptop that won’t connect to the Internet?
A lack of broadband Internet translates to the inability to take advantage of the many third-party apps you can install in a growing operating system. Of course, with Windows, you can plug in a flash drive or possibly insert a DVD full of apps and games. With most Android tablets, connectivity is limited unless you have a special accessory or cable. Knowing how to connect Android tablet to broadband Internet is necessary if you want to make the most out of your tablet.
Think about the Google Play application that comes with many Android tablets made by popular brands. Google Play gives you access to all the popular free and commercial applications that you can download. Many of these applications give your tablet completely new functions while others may improve productivity or add entertainment. Several of these apps also require you to be online such as online file hosting apps. Since some Android tablets have low amounts of internal memory, it would be helpful to access your important documents from a file hosting provider as these services offer more space. Of course, the Internet browser that comes with your Android tablet requires an Internet connection too if you hope to check out websites that don’t have mobile app versions.
Learning how to connect to Wi-Fi on a Google Android tablet is basically the same as connecting using an Android smartphone. But the early steps may vary depending on the particular tablet you own since there are various Android versions with different interfaces. Some manufacturers feature modified Android interfaces too.
Basically, you have to open your tablet’s app drawer and launch “Settings” from there. This should take you to a menu where you can adjust various options. Tap the “Wi-Fi” option to see the available networks you can connect to. If the “Wi-Fi” option is currently off, toggle that option to switch it on. Tap the refresh icon to let the tablet scan for Wi-Fi hotspots. From the list, simply tap the network you wish to connect to and tap “Connect” if prompted. If you are asked for a security key, you must enter it as well. If the hotspot has an active broadband Internet connection, congratulations because you successfully learned how to connect Android tablet to broadband Internet. Any Android tablet should be able to accomplish these steps.
But if there are no Wi-Fi hotspots in your area, you can resort to using your mobile network’s 3G or 4G Internet. Your Android tablet must have a SIM card slot in order to try out this feature. Insert a SIM card that has 3G or 4G enabled by your mobile network carrier and restart your tablet if necessary. Then launch “Settings” from the app drawer and tap “More” to bring up the “Wireless & Networks” options. Tap “Mobile Networks” and tick the “Data Enabled”. Take note that your mobile network may charge you depending on the plan you are subscribed to. Some networks may also have data limits so it is important to switch off this option so you are not always using your data plan. As long as there is signal, you should be able to browse the Internet and use any apps that rely on an Internet connection.
Your tablet may also have a tethering capability where you can share the mobile network connection with other Android tablets via Wi-Fi. This is useful if you have a tablet that lacks a SIM card slot. If you already know how to connect to Wi-Fi on a Google Android tablet, connecting to another tablet is just the same thing after you enabled the “Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot” feature from the “Tethering & Portable Hotspot” options.
Once you mastered these basics, explore the options that your tablet may have to offer. Many tablets allow you to enable or disable Wi-Fi and 3G/4G just from the notification panel. Explore these areas to discover quicker ways to go online.