Your device can detect and connect to wireless local area networks (WLAN). Using a WLAN, you can connect your device to the internet and compatible devices that have WLAN support.

About WLAN

To use a wireless LAN (WLAN) connection, it must be available in the location, and your device must be connected to the WLAN. Some WLANs are protected, and you need an access key from the service provider to connect to them.

Note: Using WLAN may be restricted in some countries. For example, in France, you are only allowed to use WLAN indoors. For more information, contact your local authorities.

Features that use WLAN, or that are allowed to run in the background while using other features, increase the demand on battery power and reduce the battery life.

Your device supports the following WLAN features:

  • IEEE 802.11b/g and WAPI standards

  • Operation at 2.4 GHz

  • Wired equivalent privacy (WEP) with keys up to 128 bits, Wi-Fi protected access (WPA), and 802.1x authentication methods. These functions can be used only if they are supported by the network.

Important: Always enable one of the available encryption methods to increase the security of your wireless LAN connection. Using encryption reduces the risk of unauthorised access to your data.

WLAN connections

WLAN connections

To use a wireless LAN (WLAN) connection, you must create an internet access point (IAP) for WLAN. Use the access point for applications that need to connect to the internet.

A WLAN connection is established when you create a data connection using a WLAN internet access point. The active WLAN connection ends when you end the data connection.

You can use WLAN during a voice call or when packet data is active. You can only be connected to one WLAN access point device at a time, but several applications can use the same internet access point.

When the device is in the offline profile, you can still use WLAN (if available). Remember to comply with any applicable safety requirements when establishing and using a WLAN connection.

Tip: To check the unique media access control (MAC) address that identifies your device, open the dialler and enter *#62209526#.

WLAN wizard

WLAN wizard

Select Menu > Settings and Connectivity > Wireless LAN.

The WLAN wizard helps you to connect to a wireless LAN (WLAN) and manage your WLAN connections.

If the search finds WLANs, to create an internet access point (IAP) for a connection and start the web browser using this IAP, select the connection and Start web browsing.

If you select a secured WLAN, you are asked to enter the relevant password. To connect to a hidden network, you must enter the correct network name (service set identifier, SSID).

If you already have the web browser running using the currently active WLAN connection, to return to the web browser, select Continue web browsing.

To end the active connection, select the connection and Disconnect WLAN.

WLAN internet access points

WLAN internet access points

Select Menu > Settings and Connectivity > Wireless LAN > Options.

Select from the following:

Filter WLAN networks - Filter out wireless LANs (WLANs) from the list of found networks. The selected networks are not displayed the next time the application searches for WLANs.

Details - View the details of a network shown in the list. If you select an active connection, the connection details are displayed.

Operating modes

Operating modes

There are two operating modes in WLAN: infrastructure and ad hoc.

The infrastructure operating mode allows two kinds of communication: wireless devices are connected to each other through a WLAN access point device, or wireless devices are connected to a wired LAN through a WLAN access point device.

In the ad hoc operating mode, devices can send and receive data directly with each other.

Wireless LAN settings

Wireless LAN settings

Select Menu > Settings and Connectivity > Wireless LAN > Options > Settings.

Select from the following:

Show WLAN availability - Select whether is displayed when a wireless LAN (WLAN) is available. To access the WLAN Wizard application and view the available options, select the WLAN icon, and in the pop-up window, select the highlighted text next to the WLAN icon.

Scan for networks - If you set Show WLAN availability to Yes, you can select how often the device searches for available WLANs and updates the indicator.

Internet connectivity test - Select whether you want the device to test the internet capability of the selected WLAN automatically, to ask for permission every time, or to never perform the connectivity test. If you select Run automatically or allow the test to be performed when the device asks for it, and the connectivity test is performed successfully, the access point is saved to the internet destinations.

To view advanced settings, select Options > Advanced settings. Changing the advanced settings for the WLAN is not recommended.