Thanks for helping. Turning of my AVG anti-virus as well as AVG firewall unfortunately didn't fix the problem. It still says: The iTunes update server could not be contacted. Please check your nternet connection, or try later.
I have checked/changed the LAN settings as well as deleting the sample "hosts" file with no success. The support.apple.com/kb/ts1814 document directed me to another "help"-document. I had a look around there but haven't tried their possible solutions yet. I am first going to try and connect the ipad to another laptop with iTunes on to see if it gives the same problem. Why would iTunes give a message that it is trying to connect the "iphone" to the server if it is an "ipad" that is connected? I need to get to bed as well, because I have to get up early tomorrow. Working in another town tomorrow. Already late here. How do I follow up with you on another day?