How to Set Up a Wi-Fi Connection on an HP Pavilion ZE5500 Notebook

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The Pavilion ZE5500 is an older Notebook PC manufactured by Hewlett-Packard running Windows XP. If your ZE5500 includes a wireless network card you can connect to a Wi-Fi connection using the tools in Windows. Setting up a Wi-Fi connection on the ZE5500 is a simple and straightforward process much the same as setting up the Wi-Fi connection on any other computer running Windows XP. In order to set-up a Wi=Fi connection you must be in range of a wireless network and must have the network passkey, if the network is password protected.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Locate the "Wireless On/Off" button on the side or front of the notebook. Press the button to turn on the wireless adaptor, if turned off. A blue light will appear if the wireless adaptor is on.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and select "Control Panel."

  3. 3

    Click the "Network and Internet Connections" option. Double-click "Network Connections."

  4. 4

    Locate the "Wireless Network Connection" icon in the list of connections and right-click it; a drop-down menu will appear. Scroll down and click "Properties."

  5. 5

    Select the "Wireless Networks" tab. Click on the "View Wireless Networks" button beneath the "Available networks" section. The Wireless Network Connection window will appear.

  6. 6

    Scroll through the list of available wireless connections and locate the name of the wireless network you wish to connect to. Click on the network and click "Connect." Windows will attempt to connect to the network. A window requiring the wireless network key will appear, if the network is password protected.

  7. 7

    Enter the network key into the "Network key" and "Confirm network key" fields, if the wireless network requires a password. Click "Connect."

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