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Connecting your device to the Internet

Improve your digital literacy by connecting your device to the Internet.

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Connecting your device to the Internet opens a door to a world of online possibilities. Whether it’s for social media, online games, schoolwork, or even video chatting with a loved one—connections matter. Learn about the different Internet connections, where you can connect, and more in this Smithville Smart piece.

Internet vs. Wi-Fi

People often use the terms “Internet” and “Wi-Fi” interchangeably. Internet service providers deliver Internet directly to your home with a cable. Your device can access the Internet without needing Wi-Fi if it uses a wired connection such as an ethernet, network cable, or landline. This requires the device to stay in a specific location near the access line.

Wi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to the Internet wirelessly via radio waves. If you have an Internet connection in your home, you can use a router to deliver that connection wirelessly. You can also use your Wi-Fi-enabled device in places that have free public Wi-Fi such as coffee shops.

If you are using a public device, such as at the library, then it is likely already connected to the Internet. However, if you are using a personal device, then you will need to connect to the Internet. Some devices, such as cell phones, can access the Internet using cellular data as well.

Smithville Public Wi-Fi Access Points

Smithville provides complimentary public Wi-Fi access points throughout the community. See if there’s a location near you to start connecting your device to the Internet.

  • Warehouse: 1525 S Rogers St., Bloomington, IN 47403
  • Edgewood Football Field: 601 S. Edgewood Dr. Ellettsville, IN 47429
  • Fall Festival: 106 S Park St., Ellettsville, IN 47429
  • French Lick: 8600 W Main St., French Lick, IN 47432
  • Gosport: 15 S 3rd St., Gosport, IN
  • Hymera: 105 S Main St., Hymera, IN, 47855
  • Jasper Parklands: 800 W 15th St., Jasper, IN 47546
  • Eastern Fire Department: 4098 IN-43, Solsberry, IN 47459

Connecting your device

From desktop computers, to mobile phones or tablets, connecting your device to the Internet may look different. Follow the instructions below to connect yours.

Desktop computers

Windows:

  1. Click on the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray. This is usually located in the lower right corner of the screen.
  2. A list of available networks will appear. Find the network you want to connect to and click on its name.
  3. If the network requires a password, it will prompt you to enter it. Type in the password and click “Connect.”
  4. Your computer will attempt to connect to the network. Once your device connects, you’ll see a Wi-Fi icon in the system tray that will display the network name and signal strength.

Mac:

  1. Click on the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar located in the upper right corner of your screen.
  2. A list of available networks will appear. Find the network you want to connect to and click on its name.
  3. If the network requires a password, it will prompt you to enter it. Type in the password and click “Connect” or “Join.”
  4. Your Mac will attempt to connect to the network. Once your device connects, the icon in the menu bar will display the network’s name.

Mobile phones

iPhone or iPad:

  1. Unlock your device.
  2. Go to the “Settings” app. It looks like a gear icon.
  3. Then, scroll down and tap on “Wi-Fi.”
  4. A list of available networks will appear. Find the network you want to connect to and click on its name.
  5. If the network requires a password, it will prompt you to enter it. Type in the password and click “Connect” or “Join.”
  6. Your device will attempt to connect to the network. Once your device connects, you’ll see a checkmark next to the network’s name.

Android:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your device. You can usually find it in your apps or by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the gear icon.
  2. Then, look for and tap on “Wi-Fi” or “Network & Internet.”
  3. Make sure the Wi-Fi switch is on in order to scan for available networks.
  4. A list of available networks will appear. Find the network you want to connect to and click on its name.
  5. If the network requires a password, it will prompt you to enter it. Type in the password and click “Connect” or “Join.”
  6. Your device will attempt to connect to the network. Once your device connects, you’ll see a Wi-Fi icon in the status bar at the top of your screen.
Learn more about the difference between Internet & Wi-Fi in the video below:

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