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.
Click "Start | Control Panel | Network and Internet | Connect to a Network."
Select a private or public network from the list and then click "Connect."
Type the password for the network, if prompted, and then click "OK" to go online.
- 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.
- 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.
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