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    new iPad owner

    Well, I did it, I me gifted an iPad.......and I, being a non-computer guru, thought I should just be able to turn it on and away I go.....well it seems not so easy......here is my question: are those iPad user out here using their "smart phone" for wi-fi connection or their cable provider? I thought it was my cable provider, but come to find out, it keeps "falling off" and I guess I am told, I need an upgrade on my "router".......huh, But, then that only connects me at home.....if I take this "thing" outside, there is no connection....with cable anyway, so do I hook up to my phone provider??????? I am almost sorry I spent the money for this thing.....I need a class in it, and of course no hard copy manual.........I better just crawl back into my cave and make a fire with my piece of flint!!!!!!

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    I am tech challenged but my son using his phone that has it's own router when he is away from home with the wi fi. I have wi fi at home for mine but a lot of public places have free wi fi as well. I can play with mine on the games that are not connected to the net but anything connected does need the router. There are lots of tech savvy people and hopefully they can give you better info.

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    Hi,

    I have an iPad and I have an iPhone. The difference is that on an iPhone you pay for a data plan monthly which enables you to connect to the internet outside of your home or wi-fi connection. You can buy wi-fi iPads that require a data plan, mine does not and it sounds like yours doesn't. I puposely bought the one that doesn't as I have wi-fi and data plans are not cheap. But, you are right, without wi-fi you can't surf the web, but you can view your photos, play games, and read on it without.
    Routers are not expensive and if that's the fix, go for it! You will love your iPad the more you use it.
    My son has wi-fi at his house, I entered his password into my iPad and now when I visit him my iPad automatically connects to his internet. Same with my LQS and a few restaurants that I have previously connected it to.
    There are things I don't use my iPad for, like my macine embroidery, but for surfing, checking email, games, etc., it's the quickest darn thing! Love it!
    There are some videos out there on useage and you can read the manual online (I hate not having a book too!) and believe me, you won't be sorry!
    PM me if you have any questions and if I can help I will!

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    I have had an iPad for about three years. It just takes some practice before you get used to it. I have a router that provides wifi and I connect through that. They really are great to use and easy to sit around the house, surfing, and it's comfortable to hold.

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    You can get lots of help at an Apple store if you have on near. They offer classes on different products or you can make an appointment with someone at the genius bar. They have always been helpful when I've needed information. They will also help you via phone.

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    There are two kinds of iPads.

    1) You can connect via a cell phone network, in which case you will have to pay additional money each month for a data plan. I'm not sure if you can connect via a "hot spot" or your cell phone, but either way, you're still paying for a data plan.

    2) Or, you can connect via wifi, or wireless internet. If you already have wifi in your home, there is not an additional cost. If your connection keeps dropping, it could be that your router is too far from where you're using your iPad, or you need to upgrade your router. I agree with the previous poster who said it's not that expensive. If your router keeps dropping, it's time to replace it anyway because sooner or later it's going to drop completely dead. We go through a router about every 3-5 years.

    I have both an iPod and an iPad, and the iPad gets better "reception" than my iPod does.

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    I am self taught on my iPad. I just google my questions and study the results.
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    My IPad has built in wifi, but when at home I connect through my home internet provider and when at work I use the office wifi. I have a small data plan via Verizon on the IPad itself, it often runs out of data and then I can only connect via other wifi. But yes, I have also used my phone as a hot spot and connected using it. The hot spot connection is by far my least favorite. Slower and it drops off a lot.

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    Shame on the person who sold the ipad without asking you some very important questions about your needs and set up at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
    Shame on the person who sold the ipad without asking you some very important questions about your needs and set up at home.
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    No one sold it to me....Walmart has a "special" on Thanksgiving night-a gift card of $75 along w/iPad and I broke my own cardinal rule of being one of "those" shoppers and therefore no one to blame but myself...Not knowing what the heck I was doing...thought it was sort of like a radio, just turn it on and viola......learning a hard lesson.

    Now I know I will update my cable provider's router-or whatever they call it...look into phone plan, take it to an apple store and see what else I can find out.....for example, I did not know, some have "built-in" wi-fi capability and some don't??????

    I did not buy this thing to sit around playing games/looking at pics...I wanted it as a portable type laptop and utilize some of the tutes available on quilting, info when traveling, or just as a sort of memo/minder....guess I was not thinking right. But I do now know, never again get suckered into Black Friday shopping...or as it is now Thanksgiving nite, just stay home and do something constructive.......
    I sincerely thank all the info that you all have sent here, and I will hopefully be able to use it and get myself thinking correctly about this "thing".........

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    All iPads have wi-fi, cellular (which I would not activate initially) is an option on them and carrier specific. You'll love it once you start using it. It's small enough to take anywhere.

    I have all of my tutorials on it in PDF format. I scan tons and tons of things that I think I might need on retreat. All of my manuals are on it so it's very handy to have around. I can pull it out and not have all of the weight and bulk of books to have to worry about.

    If I didn't need my notebook for software for my Statler Stitcher, I think I would only have an iPad.

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    Geri,
    Please do not give up on it. Find someone who knows about them and they can help you.

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    Some cell plans will add a tablet to your plan for $10 a month but you are stuck with a two year obligation. I would check into the Straight Talk plans at Walmart. No contracts or obligations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    Some cell plans will add a tablet to your plan for $10 a month but you are stuck with a two year obligation. I would check into the Straight Talk plans at Walmart. No contracts or obligations.
    see, now here is another thing I don't undertand....what is a tablet???????? and I guess I will go to the Walmart and ask about Straight Talk???? whatever that is too!!!! someone said they have all their tutes on it.....that is what I want to do, but since I cannot access net thru my wi-fi at home...how else but thru cell phone? Ok, we have Comcast.......and I have been told yes, my router needs to be replaced, as since all of these electronic things we are accumulating (all of us) the routers are getting confused, so there is a new one, BUT it is not available yet.....don't know when....something wrong w/that pic!! So here I sit with this dumb thing...someone said I could buy a wireless router but it is expensive, but my argument is why should I buy it, my cable provider should - that's what we are paying for.....oh, this is indeed a saga.........I am finally getting used to using my Kindle and now this........

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    How many users do you have at one time on your router? I can't see any issues unless they are limiting you. I would not do a data plan with any cellular carrier (once again, the device is carrier specific) until you have a basic understanding of it. It would be a shame to lock yourself in a plan if you don't need to.

    Tablet is another term for an iPad like device.

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    We use Wi Fi and it works fine. You Should go where you bought it to get help. I know Best Buy has classes (probably for a fee), but you should be able to get some help for it for free since you just bought it. Also, you can go on Google (or probably any search engine) and ask questions, like: How do I bookmark items on my iPad?" or whatever. There is usually help there, but first you need the basics...which should be provided free.

    You'll wonder how you did without it when you get used to it!
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    I have a work-issued iPad (i teach kdg). They told us to take it home and get comfortable using it. I find I rarely use it at home since for some reason, it does not work well with our wireless internet here at home. I know I should discuss that issue with our provider but just haven't pursued it. I think you will enjoy your iPad once you learn to use it. I am considering purchasing one for my dad and step-mom for Christmas. They are both in their 80s and technologically challenged. Plus, their desktop pc is upstairs in their house and not convenient for them to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    see, now here is another thing I don't undertand....what is a tablet???????? and I guess I will go to the Walmart and ask about Straight Talk???? whatever that is too!!!! someone said they have all their tutes on it.....that is what I want to do, but since I cannot access net thru my wi-fi at home...how else but thru cell phone? Ok, we have Comcast.......and I have been told yes, my router needs to be replaced, as since all of these electronic things we are accumulating (all of us) the routers are getting confused, so there is a new one, BUT it is not available yet.....don't know when....something wrong w/that pic!! So here I sit with this dumb thing...someone said I could buy a wireless router but it is expensive, but my argument is why should I buy it, my cable provider should - that's what we are paying for.....oh, this is indeed a saga.........I am finally getting used to using my Kindle and now this........

    It sounds like possibly you don't have your wifi turned on on your IPad. On the home page, press the settings icon, thenit will show you a list of options, choose Wifi and make sure it is turned on. You may have to enter your wifi password, if you have a locked wifi. I hope this helps. I just got my iPad on thurs. the more you play, the easier it gets! Once you get the hang of it, you will love it!
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    You should have a guide on your iPad already. Just look in your "iBook" app. Mine has three books for iPad users that were there when I got it. They'll be a great help to you.
    My iPad works fine with our wifi at home. It can also be used at offices, restaurants etc. that have free wifi....just be aware of security in those places. I don't do anything that requires using personal info during those times...like ordering online. You may also use relatives and friends personal wifi if they are okay with giving you their connection information. Don't give up! You'll end up wondering what all the worry was about! ;-)

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    While I understand the desire to save some money, trying to save by not getting a decent wireless connection seems like a waste of an expensive iPad. One of the great things about the iPad is the ability to take it anywhere and use it on the go, not like a desktop computer. If you can't find a kid (they know everything these days!) I'd call Best Buy or a place like that to help you get the most out of it.

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    Most stores, restaurants or motels etc have free WiFi available but sometimes you need to ask for their customer sign-in or for mine I just have to open the web server page on my Ipad and have it search for a connection, then I save that as what ever the shop/store name is so it is there next time I go. I do not have an extra data package.

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    GeriB...someone said I could buy a wireless router but it is expensive, but my argument is why should I buy it, my cable provider should...you keep referring to your cable..do they provide your internet service? If so, they should have set up your wireless router modem when they installed. As someone said, you may not have told your ipad to connect to your wireless network. You will love it once you get everything worked out. No, you will ot be able to use it outside out of range of your modem, unless you access free wireless in restaurants, etc. I took mine to the hospital, and had to sign onto theirs with their 'password' (asked a nurse), and I was able to surf the net, and ck my email by logging onto my home internet provider. You will love downloading PDFs to follow instructions while wuilting-there are great apps that install on your ipad for quilt pattern info, for fabric needs, for measurements and so on. And if you embroider, you can instal the app. Dolphin Browser to download designs. You can then 'send' them to your computer, or install another app called Dropbox, and save your info there--then install Dropbox in your computer.and they will sync and info wil be stored both places. That is neat! You just need to get your connection problems worked out and you're in business.

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    You might want to return the one you have and get the 3g or 4g one. That makes it portable - so you can use it just like an Iphone. I have an Ipad waiting for me for Christmas. It's only wifi capable. That's all I wanted. I know my router password and will put that in and will be able to use it at home and at Starbuck's. When my 17 year old dog finally passes on, I will be able to go see my kids and use it at their homes with their passwords. My husband has an ipad waiting for him for Christmas and will take it on the train and use it in the hotel when he puts in their password. We didn't go for the plan. We just use our Iphone or Droid when we are out of range of wifi. But, I think you might want the capability of the 3 or 4 g. It's a couple of hundred dollars more for the Ipad.
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    I have a very old router and it's connected to the digital cable line, just like you connect to your tv. If you have only one cable line then buy a spliter. That's all you need to have wi fi if you have internet through your cable service. Most cable companies won't install a router or hook it up for you. You can buy one at Walmart for about $50. It's easy, step by step instruction come up on your computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zipit View Post
    You can get lots of help at an Apple store if you have on near. They offer classes on different products or you can make an appointment with someone at the genius bar. They have always been helpful when I've needed information. They will also help you via phone.
    Not sure where in Illinois you live but there is an Apple store in St louis, Mo at the West County mall. There is one in Chicago too.

    I would go back to Walmart and talk to one of the employees in the Electronic dept where you bought it. Those kids will be able to explain to you what version of Ipad you have. Dont give up on it.

    You say that you have a Kindle??? That requires wifi connection doesn't it??? Check your Settings on the Ipad. Look for Wi Fi in the Sertings. The icon looks like a gear.

    All ipads are wi fi capable. You want to find out if yours is capable to run on the cellular system. It would require you paying a monthly fee on the cellular system.. Att, Verizon, etc. I would think not...you would have likely been activated at the store.

    I have a wi fi only Ipad. I use mine at the house, in hotels, the library, McDonald's, etc. i did not want to pay for a data plan since my iphone requires paying for one.

    Dont get discouraged...it will do what you want to do.

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