There's little point in owning a portable Acer Internet-ready device such as a laptop, tablet computer or smartphone if you can't connect it to a wireless network. Although the process for doing so is relatively straightforward, you won't be getting online if you miss out any vital steps. You can save yourself a lot of head-scratching if you make sure you've got everything right from the get-go.
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Set up your wireless router as per its user guide. Make sure its wireless indicator is illuminated. If it's not, contact your Internet service provider. There could be a problem with your connection or you may need to update your router's settings. Your ISP will be able to advise you how to go about about this. Your router should be configured for optimal performance on your ISP's network.
Turn on your wireless network adapter by swiping the switch at the front of your laptop. If this isn't switched to the "On" position, you won't be able to connect to the Internet. Always check this first if you're having trouble getting online. It's easy to knock accidentally, especially if you've been travelling with your Acer laptop.
Click on the wireless icon in your system tray. You'll be presented with a list of wireless networks in range of your laptop. Click on the network you want to connect to, and hit the "Connect" button that appears next to it.
Enter your network security key when prompted. You'll typically find this on your modem or in the paperwork you received from your ISP when you opened your account. You'll need to call your ISP if your key has rubbed off your modem or you've lost the paperwork that came with it. If you're connecting to a wireless connection in a public place such as a cafe or library, you may need to ask the staff for a security key before connecting.
Open a Web browser on your laptop and navigate to a website to make sure everything's working as it should be.
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