Connecting Windows Vista to a home network requires using a wireless router to allow multiple computers on the network, right-clicking on the wireless icon at the bottom of the screen and clicking on "Connect to a Network" to select the right wireless connection. Connect a laptop running Windows Vista to a wireless home network with information from an experienced software developer in this free video on computers.
Hi my name is Dave Andrews, today I'm going to show you how to connect Windows Vista to a home network. I have a laptop here that runs Windows Vista and we are going to connect it to a wireless network. So let's go to our desktop, I'm going to show you how first of all to connect it to a home network. And as I was saying, first of all you have to have a wireless capabilities at your home, some sort of router which will split up your internet connection, some sort of switch that will allow multiple computers to access each other. So I have a wireless router here and I'm going to connect to it by right clicking on my little wireless icon down here at the bottom right of the screen. I'm going to say connect to a network. And this will actually list all of the networks that I have available. I'm just going to choose the one here from my home and I'm going to say connect anyway, seeing this is a insecure network. And that basically means that anything that I access or transmit over this, the radio waves for this network is going to be unencrypted and anybody could access that. It's just something that you'll need to keep in mind. It's a good idea on your home network to place some sort of encryption or passkey in place in order to connect to that network. Now it's telling me that I'm connecting right now and as you can see it just came up and told me I was successfully connected. Lets close that and I'm going to see that I am connected by going to the start button, I'm going to type in a cmd as in command. I'm going to launch the command prompt. Now what we want to do here is view our IP or internet protocol address. If you have an IP address, that means that you are connected to a network. So inside this command prompt type IP config, I P c o n f i g and press enter. Now if I scroll up a little bit as you can see on our wireless Lan adapter I have an IP version for address of ten dot zero dot one dot ninety nine. So I am now connected to my home network. My name is Dave Andrews and I've just showed you how to connect a Vista box to a home network.