How to detect a wireless adapter

Written by steve gregory Google
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Most laptop computers and many desktop computers are sold with a wireless adaptor built-in. The wireless adaptor enables the computer to access a wireless network by receiving the radio signal from the network's wireless router. If you are not sure if your computer has a wireless adaptor installed, you can use the "Device Manager" utility in Windows to view if there is one installed, before purchasing an external wireless adaptor to access your network.

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  1. 1

    Click "Start," then right-click on "Computer."

  2. 2

    Select "Properties" from the pop-up menu. The Windows System window will open.

  3. 3

    Click the "Device Manager" text link on the left pane of the window. The Device Manager window will open.

  4. 4

    Scroll down the list and click the arrow next to "Network adapters." If a wireless adaptor is installed on your system, it will be displayed under "Network adapters." A wireless adaptor will have the words "WiFi" and/or 802.11 in its name.

  5. 5

    Right-click on the adaptor and select "Properties." The wireless adaptor's Properties window will open. Scroll through the tabs to view the adaptor's current status, manufacturer, software drivers and wireless settings.

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