Computers with wireless capabilities are able to connect to the Internet without cables. Instead of connecting your computer to a modem or router using a cable, you can use your computer's internal wireless network card to pick up the wireless Internet signal being broadcast by a router. You must configure a few settings before you can get your machine online.
Connect to an Existing Network
Click on the "Start" menu. From there, select "Control Panel" and then "Network and Sharing Center."
Click on the option that reads "Connect to a Network."
Choose the wireless network from the list that appears that you wish to connect to. To do this, click on the network's name, and select the "Connect" button.
Enter a network password. If you are attempting to connect to a secure wireless network you will be prompted to enter a password at this time. If you do not have a record of the network's password, you can get it from the network's system administrator.
Monitor your connection strength using the indicator in your task bar. You will see a meter containing five bars in the lower right corner of your computer's task bar. If all the bars are filled, your connection to the network is strong. The less bars that are completely filled, the weaker your signal strength.
Set Up a Network
Click on the "Start" menu. From there, select "Control Panel" and then "Network and Sharing Center." Note that for this to work you need an existing account with an Internet service provider, and your computer must be connected to a wireless router or wireless modem.
Click on "Set Up a New Connection."
Choose "Connect to the Internet."
Click on "Wireless."
Enter the settings as requested in the specified boxes. When finished, click on "OK." You will have successfully set up a wireless network that you are automatically connected to.
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