Setting up ipad with no computer

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  1. fancypants

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    i have been reading up on how to set up ipad without a computer at home and it seems
    Fairly easy to do. But...I have some questions. This is for a friend whom I am going with to buy one at apple . She will get the latest wifi only 32 gb.

    While setting it up, she can add a brand new gmail email and add her credit card and set up an Apple ID.
    But when I look at my iPad I see that in the about I have down my home network information.

    She will not have this...the day after she buys it she leaves for Florida for 4 months. On the way she wants to use hotels wifi access to pick up emails and use web. Then in Florida she uses her friends wifi connection where she is staying.

    So my question is can she set up without her own wifi connection info.
    She will probably get this connection at home upon her return in 4 months.
    I hope I am not rambling too much and you understand what I am asking.

    Thanks all.
     
  2. scifan57

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    The iPad can use any available WiFi networks to connect to the internet. If you go to Settings>WiFi, you'll see a list of all currently available WiFi networks. Click on the one you want and, if requested, enter the password and the iPad will connect. After connecting to a WiFi network once, it will automatically connect again the next time it becomes available.
     
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    Thank you sciant. I understand what you are saying so I do not understand when I look at my iPad under general, settings what does the address mean under wi fi address and Bluetooth. Both of these settings have a number but I am not sure what that number is. I have never paid attention to it. If I were to go to another location tonight and pick up a new wifi connection would that number change.
     
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    Under General > Settigns > About?

    Those are the iPad’s MAC address(s) (one for wi-fi and one for Bluetooth)

    Every network capable device made has a unique hardware address that is used to join it to a local network. This is called a MAC (Media Access Control) address. This works at a deaper layer than assigned IP address. You can assign an IP address to any machine or network. A MAC address is specific to a piece of hardware, and never changes.

    Think of the IP address as a Post Office Box. Anyone can own it, and might even own more than one. The MAC address would be a specific person. When you join a wi-fi (or other) network, your MAC address gains an IP address that lets it send and receive data on the network. Kind of like moving into a new town and getting a post office box.

    Why are they listed? Mostly for support technicians who might need to know them when troubleshooting a network issue. Occationally for those joining a network manually, or who need to restrict access to a network to specific devices.

    Here is more info about MAC Addresses than you’ll probably ever need, or want to know.
    MAC address - Wikipedia
     
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  5. Jupiter7

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    Whilst you can use any WiFi connection, as Scifan says, but I would recommend you use a private secure network (such as in a home), especially important when you are entering important passwords to set up the iPad.
     
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    Thanks again Twerppoet. I did not know that info. and also thanks Jupiter7.

    As mentioned this friends problem is that when she buys the ipad on Tuesday she will not be going back home for 4 months. She leaves right after buying it for Florida so that is why I wanted to make sure that when I help her set it up we do not have to add anything that she does not have. When she returns in 4 months she will be adding a home network but for now does not have one.

    So after buying it , in the apple store she can use there wifi and I can add for her some email contacts and a gmail account for her and an apple ID with credit card and she will be OK to go.... Am I right that this will work out with just those inputs.
     
  7. Jupiter7

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    Yes, it will be fine to do that!
     
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    One additional point if I may. Give your friend the web address of this forum. If she has problems, get net access, find an internet cafe or similar and ask here. As you can see useful answers are forth coming from many knowledgeable users.
     
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    Nsquirrel,
    That's a good idea. Thanks.
     
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    One last thing - make sure you remember any passwords, especially for your Apple ID. Maybe think one up beforehand and write it down, before hiding it!
     
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