Connecting Your Android to WiFi on Campus
Studies indicate that many campus students who own smartphones and Android tablets rarely use them to connect to WiFi networks. Many of the students end up spending lots of money on their carrier’s data connection.
This is not a good idea at all. You will just raise your monthly bill besides not getting quality internet connection. If you own a smart phone or tablet, take advantage of the device to connect to high speed internet without the hustle of charges bothering you.
The main reason why many campus students do not use their Android smartphones to connect to the internet appears to be difficulties in establishing a connection. Many students do not know that it is very easy to connect their android phones and tablets to the WiFi hotspots in their campuses. This problem can be resolved by connecting an RP-SMA cable to your tablet (or phone) and thereby provide yourself the flexibility to use a portable omnidirectional antenna with your WiFi device.
The other problem many android users experience is not knowing whether there is a wireless network in a given location. This is as opposed to Apple’s iPhone users who get WiFi networks popping all over their faces any time they wander into a WiFi range. Therefore, they will always know when they are within a WiFi hotspot. Because Android does not prompt you with a listing of available networks, you will miss connecting to a network even if it is present. The lucky ones get a little exclamation to signal a WiFi range.
This said: Android devices have excellent WiFi settings. These are buried a few levels within the menu by default. Go to Menu > Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Wi-Fi Settings. Now that you know where to find the settings let us describe a simple way to connect to WiFi on Campus with Android.
Connecting to WiFi with Android the easy Way
If you want to improve WiFi connection on your Android phone, you need to install a wireless network widget which indicates whether you are connected or not. A widget such as Kostya Vasilyev’s WiFi Manager is great. This widget is free on Google Play.
Go to Google Play and download the widget. Once you have the widget, head to the home screen on your Android device and hold down with your finger on an empty space in the screen. A menu will pop up from where you pick Widgets, and then the WiFi Manager 2 by 1. With this, you will receive very clear notifications of when you are within a WiFi network.
In case you are not connected yet you should be connected, tap the “Not Connected” portion of the WiFi widget. A colorful list of all the nearby networks will display. You can pick an open access one which is usually marked with a star or a password protected one. Password protected networks are marked with a shield.
When you have connected to a network, your Android phone will in future automatically connect to the network. Sometimes it might fail to automatically reconnect. In such a case, just repeat the reconnection manually.
Connecting to WiFi on campus on your Android Smartphone will save you cash which can be channeled to meet your other college expenses.