How to Connect WiFi Hotspots Using Windows 7

by Jason Taetsch

A Wi-Fi hotspot creates a wireless local area network (LAN) similar to those in your home, school or office. The hotspot enables multiple wireless devices to connect to the Internet simultaneously through a single access point. Use the Windows 7 wireless settings to activate the Wi-Fi antenna in your laptop so you can join the hotspot's network. This process requires only a few mouse clicks and you'll be browsing the Internet in minutes.


Click the "Network" icon in the notification area on the right side of your Windows task bar at the bottom of your desktop.


Click the name of the Wi-Fi hotspot in the list of available networks that appears.


Click the "Connect" button to join the Wi-Fi network via the hotspot. Open a Web browser to begin surfing the Internet.

About the Author

Jason Taetsch graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in English. Taetsch co-founded the on-campus literary magazine, "Paperclips." In 2006 he began writing professionally. He wrote news articles and independently authored op-ed columns for the on-campus newspaper, "The Signal" and had articles published in "Garden State Surf Magazine."