How to Connect a Laptop for Wireless Internet Use

By Catherine Johnson

One of the most important features of a laptop is the convenience it provides in terms of size and portability. Since a laptop is what people usually use when they travel or work in a location outside of the office, it is useful to know how to connect wirelessly to the Internet. Most laptops come equipped with a wireless networking card that allows the computer to discover WiFi networks nearby. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you easily connect your laptop to a wireless network.

Step 1

Click the "Windows" button on the lower left corner of your screen. Select "Control Panel" and click "Network and Internet."

Step 2

Select "Network and Sharing Center." On the left panel, click "Manage wireless networks."

Step 3

Click the "Add" button and select "Manually create a network profile."

Step 4

Enter the wireless network name (SSID) and password. Click "Next." The wireless network is now saved on your computer as a network connection.

Step 5

Click "Connect to" and select the wireless network you just saved on your computer. Click "Connect." Your computer will automatically log on to your chosen network using the password and information your provided.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you join a public wireless network, there is usually no password initially required. Simply select the network to log on. Once you open your web browser, you will need to either purchase wireless network time, or log-in with your account username and password to access the Internet.

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