When Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) first began to see widespread use, one had to buy a special card to download computer drivers and install in order to make use of available wireless network connections. In the past several years, laptop manufacturers have been embedding wireless network cards and antennas into the computer in order to eliminate the need for the consumer to purchase additional hardware in order to go online. As a result, setting up Wi-Fi on laptop has become less rigorous of a process.
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Things you need
- Wireless enabled laptop.
Select the network icon on your laptop by right-clicking the picture of two computer screens. On Windows XP and Vista this will be located on the right side of the Window's tool bar which is located at the bottom of the computer screen by default.
Choose the view available wireless networks from the menu options. A list of wireless networks that your laptop is within range of connecting to is then listed. If the network you are searching to connect for is not displayed, pick the menu option "Refresh network list" which will re-list the available wireless networks.
Left click the network that you want to connect the laptop to and then select the connect menu option button.
Enter the wireless network key if it is an encrypted network. Once the laptop has successfully connected to the wireless network, there will be a 'Connected to network' menu notification. After this message is received, close the Wireless Network Connection screen. You're ready to go!
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