How do I connect my computer to wireless internet?

Written by robert schrader | 13/05/2017
How do I connect my computer to wireless internet?
Wireless technology allows you to access the Internet anywhere, such as at a coffee shop. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Wireless Internet access affords you flexibility and freedom when using the Internet -- particularly if you have a laptop computer, which you can use to surf the Internet anywhere a wireless connection is available. Connecting to the wireless Internet is simple and can be done through Windows itself, without the use of any third-party software.

Visit a location you're sure has a wireless Internet connection if you're not using your own, home network. Places like coffee shops, libraries and Internet cafes often have wireless -- and if they do, they'll likely post a sign that says "Wi-Fi" or something similar on it. If you're unsure as to whether an establishment has wireless, call ahead or ask a staff member when you arrive. Ask if the wireless network requires a password and if so, take note of it.

Click the "Wireless" icon on the Windows taskbar, which is in the bottom, right corner of your Windows screen. The icon depicts a series of five bars of increasing height, similar to the "Reception" icon on your cell phone. Click the name of the wireless network to which you wish to connect.

Enter the wireless password if it prompts you for one. Open your web browser and point it to the website of your choice. If you're accessing a public network without a password, you may be required to agree to rules or regulations before being allowed to surf freely.

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