How to set up a Wi-Fi network connection on the BlackBerry Bold 9780

How to 10:27, Sep 22 2010

We show you how connect your BlackBerry Bold 9780 to a Wi-Fi network

Using Wi-Fi can be an excellent alternative to 3G data, especially if you don't have high-speed coverage where you live. It also comes in particularly handy if you don't have an unlimited data plan on your device and can save you a substantial amount of money.

If you haven't used a BlackBerry with Wi-Fi before, we'll show you how to set up a new Wi-Fi connection in this step-by-step guide.

Preparation

Before doing anything from your Bold 9780, you'll want to make your you have a Wi-Fi signal to connect to, and that you know the security key, if the network requires one.

Adding the network connection to your phone

There are two ways to get to the proper settings area for setting up your Wi-Fi network. One way is to view your full applications screen and select "Manage Connections". In the route that we'll demonstrate below, you can get to the same page directly from the homescreen by clicking on the signal indicator.

1. Open "Manage Connections"

2. Highlight and select "Set Up Wi-Fi Network"

Note: At this point, it is not necessary to turn on your Wi-Fi just yet. We will do that before searching for networks if it's still off at that time.

This will bring you to a "Welcome to Wi-Fi Setup" page. Once you comfortable setting up Wi-Fi networks on your device, you can check the box next to "Don't show this introduction again," and you will not have to navigate through this page any longer.

3. Highlight and click "Next" at the bottom of the screen.

4. The next page will say "Select an option". Highlight and select "Scan For Networks" at the top of the list.

At this point, if you still have your Wi-Fi turned off, a pop-up will display, asking if you want to "Turn on Wi-Fi to perform a scan?"

5. Highlight and select "Turn Wi-Fi on".

The list of available wireless networks will populate.

6. Find the wireless network you are looking for (in this case, "Hamrick"). Highlight and select your network of choice.

Depending on the router you are connecting to, a screen may pop up saying it supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup. For extra security, your BlackBerry smartphone can create a PIN for utilizing in the connection. For the sake of this guide, we will not do this.

7. Highlight and select "Cancel".

This brings us to the Wi-Fi Security page. If your router has a security key, you will be asked to enter it here.

Note: If you do not have a security key set up on your network, it is strongly recommended if own and have access to the router settings.

8. Tap in the "Pre-Shared Key" text box, and enter the security key, if applicable.

9. When you are done, highlight and select "Connect".

As long as there is no problem connecting with your router, you will then come to a completion page that says, "Wi-Fi Success".

10. You can now highlight and select "Finish".

If you started this process the way that we demonstrated, upon clicking "Finish", you will immediately return to the homescreen. If you accessed "Manage Connections" from the applications list, just a few clicks of the escape key will get you back to the homescreen.

If everything has been done correctly, you should now see the Wi-Fi logo/indicator at the top of your screen. You should also see the name of your network somewhere on the screen as well (vacation may vary, depending on theme).

Disconnecting from the Wi-Fi network

Any time you travel outside the range of your router, service will automatically disconnect. However, the Wi-Fi radio itself will not shut itself off. To do so, you must go back to the "Manage Connections" page and un-check the box next to Wi-Fi.

Note: If you are not using the Wi-Fi on your device, it is advised that you turn the radio off to conserve battery life.

 

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