How to connect to a wireless network in Windows 7

List of possible wireless networks.

With each iteration of Windows, Microsoft improves the ease of connecting to wireless networks. However, there are still some of us who interfere with the steps and configuration steps required to connect to wireless networks.

That’s why this step-by-step guide shows you how to connect to a wireless network using Windows 7.

Wireless Networks surrounds us

One of the first things you’ll notice when you follow the instructions in this guide is that there are many wireless networks, but that doesn’t mean you should contact them because you could compromise your computer’s security.

Public wireless networks are not secure

The biggest problem that public users connecting to an unencrypted network faces is that someone can disconnect you and see what you can get all over the radio.

Simply put, if your network is public and not encrypted, avoid it. Now that you’ve been warned about the dangers of connecting to public networks, I can show you how to use Windows 7 to connect to a wireless network.

See available wireless networks and connections

  1. Click the Wireless Networksicon in the notification on the left side of the toolbar to see a list of available wireless networks .

Note. If the network you are trying to connect to is not listed, the router’s network SSID (wireless network name) may not be broadcast. If this is the case, refer to your router’s documentation to determine the steps required to forward the SSID .

A word about signal strength

You’ll also notice that each wireless network has a signal strength indicator that provides visual instructions for determining the strength of the wireless signal. All green bars indicate Excellent signal, one bar equals poor signal.

  1. If you are on the network you want to connect to from the list, click the network name, and then click Connect.

Note . Before you connect to a network, you have the option to check the connection automatically so that your computer automatically connects to the network when it’s within range.

If the network you’re trying to connect to is unsecured, which means you don’t need a password to connect to the network, you’ll need to access the Internet and other network resources right away. However, if your network is secure, you’ll need to follow the steps below to connect.

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Enter the password and connect

When prompted, you must enter the wireless password or use SES on the router.

Secure networks require authentication

If you are connected to a secure wireless network, you have two options for authentication. You can enter the required password or, if supported by the router, you can use the Secure Easy Setup button on the router .

Option 1 – Enter a password

  1. When prompted, enter the password for the router you are connecting to. To show the letters in the case, clear the Hide letterscheck box .

This is especially useful if the password is long and complicated.

Note. Once you enter a character in the password field, you will not be able to use Secure Easy Setup to connect to the router.

  1. Click OK toconnect .

Option 2 – Secure easy setup

  1. When prompted for a password, walk into the router and press the Secure Easy Setup button on the router. The computer should connect to the wireless network for a few seconds.

Note. If Secure Easy setup does not work, try again. If it still doesn’t work, it may be disabled on the router. Refer to the router’s manual to enable and configure the feature.

You should now be connected to the wireless network. Learn more about file sharing and managing wireless network profiles.

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