How to Connect a Wireless Router to a Mac Laptop

By Catherine Johnson

The use of wireless routers has grown exponentially as the preferred high-speed method of connecting to the Web. Wireless routers provide convenient mobility by allowing multiple computers to access the Internet without the need for Ethernet cables. Macintosh computers are known for their intuitive interface and their ease of use. If your Mac laptop has an AirPort card installed, you can easily connect to your wireless network and get online.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless routerMacintosh laptop with AirPort card installed

Step 1

Find out the SSID and password for your router. Consult the product's documentation to follow instructions on how to configure your router. The SSID will be the identifying name of your home WiFi network. Depending upon how your router is set up, you may also need a password to access the network.

Step 2

Turn on your Mac laptop. Go to the "Applications" folder, and select "Internet Connect."

Step 3

In the toolbar at the top, select the "AirPort" tab. On the next screen, click "Turn AirPort on." Wait for the AirPort card to discover all of the wireless networks in your area.

Step 4

Go to the "Network" drop-down menu. Select the SSID name of your network. If you need a password, enter it, then click "Connect." If your network does not show up on the drop-down menu, select "Other." Enter the network name and password, and then click "Connect."

Step 5

Check the "Show AirPort status in menu bar" box in the AirPort section of the Internet Connect window. This creates a pie-slice shaped icon in the menu bar. Click the icon to quickly access and connect to your wireless network.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wireless routers should work up to a range of 150 feet, but may vary based upon model and brand. Check with your product documentation to see where you should place your router for optimum connection.Sometimes other electronics, such as baby monitors or cordless phones, can interfere with the AirPort signal strength on your Mac laptop. Avoid using these types of electronics when you need a strong Internet connection.

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