Hi Mark. I did some reading and it "Ask" was on and now it's off and WiFi has to be on in order to access the Internet.
I also linked for a second to the server and then you can go into it and click Forget this Server, which I did and then reselected my router.
I assumed clicking "forget" would take it out of your list, but it didn't. I wonder if the "forget" feature is functioning correctly. Do you know?
In theory, if you have "Ask to Join Networks" set ON on an iOS device and you "forget" a network on that device, that device should not join that network in the future without asking for permission. You would have to repeat that on each of your iOS devices.
Clicking "forget" should not take the network out of the list, because the list is a list of networks that are visible to the device at the instant.
Going back to your original post, what indication did you have that your iPad was trying to use this new unproteted server?
Good morning.. Oh.. so turn it back on. Got it.
My evidence is that I couldn't get to any websites on my iPad. I checked Settings and saw it was connected to the unprotected one. Which I realize now is problably my fault.
A week ago when I first noticed the server, I dumbly, I clicked it just to see if it worked. I have a 30Mbps account and have no interest in stealing someone's connection.
I'm thinking that my network must have crashed and then the iPad chose the other network.
So hopefully "forgetting it" will end this. I can test by powering down my modem and see if it selects the other again.