How to Access a WiFi Antenna

by Ruri Ranbe
    Older laptops lacking an internal wireless card can connect to the Internet with a USB wireless adapter.

    Older laptops lacking an internal wireless card can connect to the Internet with a USB wireless adapter.

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    To detect and communicate with a wireless router, a computer needs a Wi-Fi card. The Wi-Fi card features a pair of antennas that both broadcast and pick up wireless radio signals, enabling a PC to detect Wi-Fi hot spots in the area. As long as wireless communication is enabled, connecting your computer to the Internet takes just a few steps; Windows will automatically detect wireless networks within range.

    Step 1

    Click "Start | Control Panel | Network and Internet | Connect to a Network."

    Step 2

    Select a private or public network from the list and then click "Connect."

    Step 3

    Type the password for the network, if prompted, and then click "OK" to go online.

    Tips

    • You can also see and connect to available wireless networks by selecting the network icon found in the system tray.
    • Select "Connect Automatically" to connect to the network whenever Windows starts.
    • If you don't know the password for your network, consult the documentation that came with your router.
    • You may need to press the wireless button on the front of a laptop to enable wireless communication on the device.

    Warnings

    • Don't connect to a private or public network unless you own the network or have permission from the owner to use the hot spot.

    About the Author

    Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.

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