How to Connect to the Internet Wirelessly in Windows 7

This guide shows how to connect your Windows 7 PC to a wireless network.

Steps

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    Turn on your computer and the router you want to connect to.
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    Find the network information. In order to sign onto the network, you'll need to know the network's name and the password, if there is a password.
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    Make sure that the router is in range. If you're out of range of the router, you'll either have a poor connection, or you just won't be able to connect at all.
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    Look for the Wi-Fi icon in the toolbar. The icon will be five bars with a yellow star over it, and is located on the right-hand side of the toolbar.
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    Click on the Wi-Fi icon. This will pull up the menu.
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    Select the name of the network you want to connect to.
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    Click Connect.
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    Wait to be prompted for a password. Once you're prompted for the security password, type it in, ensuring that it's case sensitive.
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    Watch the icon change to show your signal strength. You should now be connected to the Wi-Fi.

Tips

  • If your router doesn't show, try restarting your computer and/or the router.
  • Some old computers can't connect wirelessly to the internet. In this case, you may have to hook the computer up via ethernet instead.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer or laptop with WiFi
  • A wireless network to connect to in range
  • (If needed) a password to connect to the network

Article Info

Categories: Windows 7 | Wireless Networking