How to Connect Your Computer To A Wireless Network

by Alan HughesUpdated September 28, 2017 Images

Whether you are at the local hospital, your favorite bagel shop or your friend’s house, wireless network connectivity is likely available. However, connecting to a wireless network is not always simple. If the network is secured, there are some things you need to know before attempting to connect your computer to it.

Click on your Wireless Network Manager icon in the lower-right system tray to scan for available networks within range.

Locate the network that you want to connect to in the list of available networks. If it is secured, you will see a padlock icon, text to indicate that the network is secured and the type of security.

Click on the unsecured network and click “Connect” to connect to the network. Windows will automatically configure your IP address information and connect you to the wireless network.

Acquire the necessary security information from the network administrator. This information consists of a security key, or a security pass phrase, depending upon the type of security used.

Click on the target network and enter the required security information when prompted. Click “Connect” and Windows will establish the network connection.


Connecting to unsecured networks leaves your computer vulnerable to hackers.


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Alan Hughes has more than 30 years of experience in IT including mainframes, programming, client/server, networks, project management, security, disaster recovery, information systems and hardware. He holds a master's degree in applied computer science and several certifications. He currently teaches information technology at the university level.

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