How do I connect to a Wireless Network on Windows 7?

Last Update Date : Apr 20. 2018

Wireless Network


Important: If you are setting up your wireless router or access point for the first time, be sure to complete the router's or the access point's initial setup before continuing. Consult the documentation that came with your wireless router or access point for information about how to complete the initial setup.

This guide explains how to connect your PC to a wireless network.

Before connecting your computer to your wireless network, you will need the following information from your router or access point:

    • The SSID (or Network Name)

    • The type of security encryption if any (WEP, WPA, etc.)

    • The security encryption key or passphrase

    • The wireless standard used by your network (802.11a/b/g/n). Not all computers are compatible with all wireless standards. Check the specifications page of your user's manual for details.

If you are unsure of any of this information, contact your network administrator, internet provider or the manufacturer of your router or access point.

Connecting to Your Wireless Network


To connect your PC to your wireless network, follow these steps below:


1. Make sure your wireless LAN is on by pressing the Fn+F9 key. Wireless LAN ON will appear on the screen when activated.

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Note: On some models, you need to press the Fn+F8 key. To confirm which keys to use, see your Users Guide.

2. Left click the wireless network icon in the system tray (near the time display). The wireless networks list will appear.

3. Click the name of your wireless network, and then click Connect.

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4. If prompted, enter your wireless encryption key or passphrase in the field, and then click OK.

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5. After you see the wireless network icon turn completely white, you are finished connecting to your wireless network.

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