These days, the ability to connect your computer device to a wireless network or Wi-Fi hotspot is essential for mobile work and fun. We have put together step-by-step directions in this tutorial to help you set up your laptop so that you can enjoy a wireless connection to internet access or just to share files with other computers that share the same network. This process is actually very easy and should only take you about ten minutes to complete.
What You Will Need: A wireless network adapter installed on your laptop. You can buy this just about anywhere these days.
Five Easy Steps to Connect:
Additional Things to Remember:
First, make sure that you both updated anti-virus software and a firewall installed on your system, especially if you plan to ever access a public Wi-Fi network such as a “free internet café”. Those open and unsecured wireless networks are not safe at all.
Next, if you are working with Windows XP, be sure that you have updated your system to SP3 so that you will have the latest WPA2 security drivers available.
Since some Wi-Fi networks are set up to hide their network names (SSID), you might not be able to find it. In this instance, ask someone at there for the information.
If you able to connect your computer device to the Wi-Fi network, but not to the internet, the first thing you should do is check your adapter setting: make sure that it is set to automatically get the router’s IP address.If you are still unable to locate the wireless network icon, check your computer’s control panel (system settings). Then right click on the Wireless Network Connection, then “view available networks”. If the Wi-Fi network you are trying to use is not listed, just add it manually by going back into the wireless network connection and clicking on the “add a network” selection. (On Macs, click on the wireless icon and then “Join another Network”.) You will need to be able to type in the network name (SSID) and the security information such as the WPA password. Then you should be good to go.