How to Connect to a Wireless Network with Windows Win7/Win10

To connect to a wireless network that is already running on another computer

1. Choose Start Connect To. You can also click the network icon or the signal-strength icon in the notification area, and then click either the Wireless Networks Are Available notice in the pop-up window or the Connect to a Network link. Windows launches the Connect to a Network Wizard, which displays the Select a Network to Connect To window, as shown here.

2.If necessary, choose Wireless in the Show drop-down list to restrict the display to only wireless networks. If wireless networks are the only ones that are available, you may not need to do this.

3. Select the network in the list, and then click the Connect button. The wizard displays the Type the Network Security Key or Passphrase window, as shown here.

4. In the Security Key or Passphrase text box, type the password. Select the Display Characters check box if you want to see the actual characters rather than security conscious dots.

5. Click the Connect button. The wizard establishes the connection to the network.

Adding a Wireless Network That’s Broadcasting within the Range of Your Computer

To add a wireless network that’s broadcasting within range of your computer, follow these steps:

1. Click the Start button, right-click the Network item, and then choose Properties from the context menu. Windows displays a Network and Sharing Center window.

2. In the left panel, click the Manage Wireless Networks link. Windows displays the Manage Wireless Networks window.

3. Click the Add button. Windows launches the Manually Connect to a Wireless Network Wizard, which displays the How Do You Want to Add a Network? window, as shown here.

4.Click the Add a Network That Is in Range of This Computer button. The wizard displays the Select a Network to Connect To window, as shown here. You can choose Wireless in the Show drop-down list if you need to cut the list down to only wireless networks rather than all types of networks.

5. Click the desired network, and then click the Connect button. The wizard attempts to connect to the network, prompting you for a password if one is needed. After establishing the connection, the wizard displays a window telling you that the network is ready for use.

6. Click the Close button. The wizard closes, returning you to the Manage Wireless Networks window, in which the list of networks now includes the network you just added.

Adding a Wireless Network Manually

If you’ve turned off SSID broadcasts on the wireless network, you’ll need to connect to it manually. Turning off SSID broadcasts is a security measure. See Article 29 for details. To connect manually, take the following steps:

1. Click the Start button, right-click the Network item, and then choose Properties from the context menu. Windows displays a Network and Sharing Center window.

2. In the left panel, click the Set Up a Connection or Network link. Windows launches the Set Up a Connection or Network Wizard, which displays the Choose a Connection Option screen.

3. Click the Manually Connect to a Wireless Network item, and then click the Next button. The wizard launches the Manually Connect to a Wireless Network Wizard, which displays the Enter Information for the Wireless Network You Want to Add window, as shown here.

4. In the Network Name text box, type the network’s name.

5. In the Security Type drop-down list, select the appropriate type of security: No Authentication Open, WEP, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Personal, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA-Enterprise, or 802.1x. For a home network, your choices are most likely WPA2Personal or WPA-Personal.

6. If the Encryption Type drop-down list is available, choose the appropriate encryption type. For example, for WPA2-Personal or for WPA-Personal, you can choose TKIP Temporal Key Integrity Protocol or AES Advanced Encryption Standard. For WEP, there are no choices.

7. In the Security Key/Passphrase text box, type the passphrase except for an open network. Select the Display Characters check box if you want to see the characters you’re typing instead of dots.

8.Select the Start This Connection Automatically check box if you want Windows to connect automatically to this network when it’s in range.

9. Select the Connect Even if the Network Is Not Broadcasting check box if you want to connect to the network even if it’s not broadcasting its SSID. If you know that SSID broadcasting is turned off on the access point, select this check box- if you don’t, you won’t be able to connect to the network. The Warning that Windows gives about this option refers to the possibility that the data your computer sends in trying to connect to the network could be captured by someone who could use it to spoof the access point’s identity, causing your computer to connect to a fake network instead of a real one.

10. Click the Next button. The wizard displays the Successfully Added Network window where Network is the network’s name, as shown here.

11. Click the appropriate button:

• Click the Connect To button if you want to open the Connect To window so that you connect to the network.

• Click the Change Connection Settings button if you want to display the Properties dialog box for the connection so that you can change some of the settings you just chose. You shouldn’t normally need to do this; if you do, see the next section for details.

• Otherwise, click the Close button. The wizard closes.

Managing Your Wireless Networks

If your computer connects only to a single wireless network, you may be able to set it up and then use it without needing to change it. But if your computer connects to two or more networks, you’ll need to choose the order in which to connect to them. You may also need to change the passphrase or security type required to connect to a network. To make such changes, use the Manage Wireless Networks window. Take the following steps:

1. Click the Start button, right-click the Network item, and then choose Properties from the context menu. Windows displays a Network and Sharing Center window.

2. In the left panel, click the Manage Wireless Networks link. Windows displays the Manage Wireless Networks window, as shown here.

3. In the Networks You Can View and Modify list box, drag the networks into the order in which you want Windows to try to connect to them. Put your preferred network at the top of the list. You can also change the order by using the Move Up button and Move Down button on the toolbar or by right-clicking a network and then choosing Move Up or Move Down as appropriate from the context menu.

4. To add a network to the network list, follow these steps:

• Click the Add button. Windows launches the Manually Connect to a Wireless Network Wizard, which displays the How Do You Want to Add a Network? window.

• If you know the network is broadcasting its SSID, click the Add a Network That Is in Range of This Computer button. Follow the procedure described in the section “Adding a Wireless Network That’s Broadcasting within Range of Your Computer,” earlier in this article.

• If the network isn’t broadcasting its SSID, click the Manually Create a Network Profile button. The wizard displays the Enter Information for the Wireless Network You Want to Add window. Follow the steps in the section “Adding a Wireless Network Manually,” earlier in this article.

5.To remove a network from the list, click the network, and then click the Remove button. Windows displays the Manage Wireless Networks – Warning! dialog box, as shown next. Click the OK button if you’re sure you want to remove the network.

6. To change the properties for an existing network for example, if the network starts using a different security type or passphrase, follow these steps:

• In the Networks You Can View and Modify list box, right-click the network you want to change, and then choose Properties from the context menu. Windows displays the Wireless Network Properties dialog box for the network.

• On the Connection page you can select or clear the Connect Automatically When This Network Is in Range check box, the Connect to a More Preferred Network if Available check box, and the Connect Even if the Network Is Not Broadcasting check box.

• On the Security page you can choose the security type and encryption type, and enter a new network security key.

• When you’ve finished choosing settings, click the OK button. Windows closes the Wireless Network Properties dialog box for the network.

7.By default, Windows makes each wireless network connection you create available to all users of your computer. Normally, this behavior is useful, because it means that Windows doesn’t have to close down the network connection when you switch users. But sometimes you may need to prevent other users from using one of your wireless connections. When you do, take the following steps:

• In the Manage Wireless Networks window, click the Profile Types button on the toolbar. Windows displays the Wireless Network Profile Type dialog box, as shown here.

• Select the Use All-User and Per-User Profiles option button instead of the Use All-User Profiles Only option button.

• Click the Save button, and then authenticate yourself to User Account Control.

• From now on, when you create a wireless network connection, Windows includes two more option buttons in the controls for setting up the network. Select the Save This Network for Me Only option button if you want to keep the network to yourself. Select the Save This Network for All Users of this Computer option button if you want to make the network available to all users.

8.When you’ve finished managing your wireless networks, click the Close button the  button.

Adding a Printer to a Wireless-Only Network

You can add a printer to a wireless network in any of the following ways:

• Get a printer that includes built-in wireless networking. You can then send print jobs to the printer directly over your wireless network.

• Get a wireless access point that includes a USB or Ethernet port to which you can connect the printer.

• Connect the printer to one of the computers participating in the network and share it from there. The printer will be available only when the computer is powered on and not sleeping.

• Connect the printer to a wireless print server and position it wherever best suits the needs of the users who will use it.

Alternate Source FAQ/Help Sites:

Microsoft's Wireless Assist Page

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