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Connecting to wireless networks

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You can access the Internet wirelessly from your device using Wi-Fi® technology. This way you can browse the web and share media files over the same Wi-Fi® network with other DLNA Certified™ devices, for example, TVs and computers.

If your company or organisation has a virtual private network (VPN), you can connect to this network using your device. You can use a VPN to access intranets and other internal services at your company.

Before using Wi-Fi®

To browse the Internet using a Wi-Fi® connection, you need to search for and connect to an available Wi-Fi® network and then open the Internet browser. The signal strength of the Wi-Fi® network may differ depending on your device's location. Move closer to the Wi-Fi® access point to increase the signal strength.

To turn on Wi-Fi®

  1. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
  2. Find and tap Settings.
  3. Drag the slider beside Wi-Fi to the right to turn on the Wi-Fi® function.
NoteIt may take a few seconds before Wi-Fi® is enabled.

To connect to a Wi-Fi® network

  1. From the Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  2. Find and tap Settings.
  3. Make sure that the Wi-Fi® function is on. Tap Wi-Fi .
  4. Available Wi-Fi® networks are displayed. The available networks may be open or secured. Open networks are indicated by Icn sony stat sys wifi signal 4 and secured networks are indicated by Icn sony stat sys wifi lock next to the Wi-Fi® network name.
  5. Tap a Wi-Fi® network to connect to it. If you are trying to connect to a secure network, you are asked to enter a password. Icn sony stat sys wifi signal 4 is displayed in the status bar once you are connected.
NoteYour device remembers Wi-Fi® networks you connect to. The next time you come within reach of a previously connected Wi-Fi® network, your device automatically connects to it.
NoteIn some locations, open Wi-Fi® networks require you to log in to a web page before you can get access to the network. Contact the relevant Wi-Fi® network administrator for more information.

To connect to another Wi-Fi® network

  1. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  2. Find and tap Settings > Wi-Fi. Detected Wi-Fi® networks are displayed.
  3. Tap another Wi-Fi® network to connect to it.

To scan for Wi-Fi® networks manually

  1. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  2. Find and tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
  3. Press Icn sony 11ni and menu k90, then tap Scan.
  4. To connect to a Wi-Fi® network, tap the network name.

To add a Wi-Fi® network manually

  1. Make sure that Wi-Fi® is turned on.
  2. From the Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  3. Find and tap Settings > Wi-Fi .
  4. Tap Icn sony browser add.
  5. Enter the Network SSID for the network.
  6. Tap the Security field to select a security type.
  7. If required, enter a password.
  8. Tap Save.
Note Wi-Fi® network name is indicated as SSID, ESSID, Access Point, etc. Contact your Wi-Fi® network administrator to get the Network SSID name and password.

Advanced Wi-Fi® settings

Wi-Fi® network status

When you are connected to a Wi-Fi® network or when there are Wi-Fi® networks available in your vicinity, it is possible to see the status of these Wi-Fi® networks. You can also enable your device to notify you whenever an open Wi-Fi® network is detected.

To enable Wi-Fi® network notifications

  1. Turn on Wi-Fi®, if it is not already on.
  2. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  3. Find and tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
  4. Press Icn sony 11ni and menu k90.
  5. Tap Advanced.
  6. Mark the Network notification checkbox.

To view detailed information about a connected Wi-Fi® network

  1. From the Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  2. Find and tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap the Wi-Fi® network that you are currently connected to. Detailed network information is displayed.

Wi-Fi® sleep policy

By adding a Wi-Fi® sleep policy, you can specify when to switch from Wi-Fi® to mobile data.

NoteIf you are not connected to a Wi-Fi® network, your device uses a mobile data connection to access the Internet (if you have set up and enabled a mobile data connection on your device).

To add a Wi-Fi® sleep policy

  1. From the Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  2. Find and tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
  3. Press Icn sony 11ni and menu k90.
  4. Tap Advanced.
  5. Tap Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep.
  6. Select an option.

Wi-Fi Direct™

Use Wi-Fi Direct™ to connect to other devices directly, without joining a traditional home, office or hotspot network. For example, you can enable your device to be connected directly to a computer so that you can access content from your device on the computer. The devices that you share content with must have Wi-Fi Direct™ certification.

To turn on Wi-Fi Direct™

  1. Make sure your device has the Wi-Fi® function turned on.
  2. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
  3. Find and tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap Icn sony 11ni and menu k90 > Wi-Fi Direct.

Sharing your mobile data connection

You can share your device's mobile data connection with a single computer using a USB cable. This process is called USB tethering. You can also share your device's data connection with up to eight other devices at once, by turning your device into a portable Wi-Fi® hotspot.

Mobile data connection sharing overview

When your device is sharing its data connection, the following icons may appear in the status bar or in the Notification panel:

Icn sony stat sys tether usb

USB tethering is active

Icn sony stat sys wifi signal 4

Portable Wi-Fi® hotspot is active

To share your data connection using a USB cable

  1. Deactivate all USB cable connections to your device.
  2. Using the USB cable that came with your device, connect your device to a computer.
  3. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  4. Find and tap Settings > More… > Tethering & portable hotspot.
  5. Mark the USB tethering checkbox.
  6. To stop sharing your data connection, unmark the USB tethering checkbox or disconnect the USB cable.
NoteYou cannot share your device's data connection and SD card over a USB cable at the same time.
TipYou may need to prepare your computer to establish a network connection via USB cable. Go to www.android.com/tether to get the most current information.

To use your device as a portable Wi-Fi® hotspot

  1. From the Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  2. Find and tap Settings > More… > Tethering & portable hotspot.
  3. Tap Portable Wi-Fi hotspot > Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.
  4. Enter the Network SSID for the network. Tap the Security field to select a security type.
  5. If required, enter a password.
  6. Tap Save.
  7. Drag the slider beside Portable Wi-Fi hotspot to the right. Your device starts broadcasting its Wi-Fi network name (SSID). Up to eight computers or other devices can now connect to this network.
  8. To stop sharing your data connection via Wi-Fi®, drag the slider beside Portable Wi-Fi hotspot to the left.

To rename or secure your portable hotspot

  1. From the Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  2. Find and tap Settings > More… > Tethering & portable hotspot.
  3. Tap Portable Wi-Fi hotspot > Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.
  4. Enter the Network SSID for the network.
  5. To select a security type, tap the Security field.
  6. If required, enter a password.
  7. Tap Save.

Virtual private networks (VPNs)

Use your device to connect to virtual private networks (VPNs), which allow you to access resources inside a secured local network from outside the actual network. For example, VPN connections are commonly used by corporations and educational institutions for users who need to access intranets and other internal services when they are outside of the internal network, for example, when they are travelling.

VPN connections can be set up in many ways, depending on the network. Some networks may require you to transfer and install a security certificate in your device. For detailed information on how to set up a connection to your virtual private network, please contact the network administrator of your company or organisation.

To add a virtual private network

  1. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
  2. Find and tap Settings > More… > VPN.
  3. Tap Icn sony browser add.
  4. Select the type of VPN to add.
  5. Enter your VPN settings.
  6. Tap Save.

To connect to a virtual private network

  1. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
  2. Find and tap Settings > More… > VPN.
  3. In the list of available networks, tap the VPN that you want to connect to.
  4. Enter the required information.
  5. Tap Connect.

To disconnect from a virtual private network

  1. Drag the status bar downwards.
  2. Tap the notification for the VPN connection to turn it off.
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