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Nokia N96 wifi
Using the Nokia N96's wi-fi rather than the 3G network can be much faster and cheaper way of browsing and downloading
  • Nokia Nseries screenshot

    Step 1
    In the Active Standby screen, highlight 'WLAN scanning off' and click on it. It will switch to 'Refreshing...' and then 'WLAN networks found' if there are any wi-fi networks within range

  • Nokia Nseries screenshot

    Step 2
    Click on the 'WLAN networks found' and then Search for WLAN  to bring up a list of the available networks. The icons to the right of the network names indicate the strength of the signal and whether the networks are locked and require a password

  • Nokia Nseries screenshot

    Step 3
    Click on the network you want to join - if it is protected a password prompt will occur, usually labelled 'WEP key for WLAN' or 'Pre-shared key for WLAN'. Enter the password carefully

  • Nokia Nseries screenshot

    Step 4
    If your password was accepted the Active Standby message will change to say something like 'BTHomeHub.. found'. Click on the message and select Start Web Browsing

  • Nokia Nseries screenshot

    Step 5
    You will now see the Nokia N96's web browser's options - congratulations you're online with wi-fi!

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Re: How to set up a wi-fi connection on the Nokia N96
Posted By bassboz 1 February 13, 2010 06:52:30 PM

my phone asks for a wlan pre-shared key, i have no idea what this is, or where i get it from, can you help please?
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How to set up a wi-fi connection on the Nokia N96

How to set a connection from the Nokia N96 smartphone to a wi-fi wireless network from the Active Standby screen and the built-in WLAN connection wizard

The Nokia N96 has built-in wi-fi functionality which means you can take advantage of the faster connections of wireless networks when you are in range of hot spot.

There are two main advantages of using wi-fi (or to the the technical minded an 802.11 wlan network) rather than the Nokia N96's 3G connection: the first is that it's generally faster and the second is that you can download as much data as you want and avoid breaking your network provider's bandwidth cap.

However Nokia's N-Series phones have a reputation for being a bit 'erratic' with wi-fi connections - particularly on networks secured with password security. So make sure you follow these instructions carefully and you have the latest version of your handset's firmware installed.

Connecting to a wi-fi network via the Active Standby screen

The easiest way to get your Nokia N96 onto a wi-fi network is using the Active Standby screen which appears when your handset hasn't been used for a while.

  1. In the Active Standby screen, highlight 'WLAN scanning off' and click on it. It will switch to 'Refreshing...' and then 'WLAN networks found' if there are any wi-fi networks within range
  2. Click on the 'WLAN networks found' and then Search for WLAN to bring up a list of the available networks. The icons to the right of the network names indicate the strength of the signal and whether the networks are locked and require a password
  3. Click on the network you want to join - if it is protected a password prompt will occur, usually labelled 'WEP key for WALN' or 'Pre-shared key for WLAN'. Enter the password carefully
  4. If your password was accepted the Active Standby message will change to say something like 'BTHomeHub.. found'.Click on the message and select Start Web Browsing
  5. You will now see the Nokia N96's web browser's options - congratulations you're online with wi-fi!

Connecting to a wi-fi network via the WLAN wizard

You can also use the Nokia N96's WLAN connection wizard to join a wi-fi network - this works in much the same way as the abpove method but you get more options and details about the networks.

  1. Use the Main Menu shortcut button to go to the Main Menu. Click on Tools
  2. In the Tools Menu click on WLAN wiz.
  3. You will see a list of available networks. Click on the one you want to join and select Start Web browsing. You will be prompted for a password if required and you'll be online if it's accepted.
  4. If select a network and choose Details you will see more information about the signal strength, security and speed of the selected network
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