How to Connect Via WiFi With a Laptop

Most laptop computers include an internal wireless network card that allows you to access Wi-Fi connections in many different locations. Whether you've got a wireless router at home or you need to access the Internet at a cafe or on the road at a hotel, you can use your laptop to surf the web without the restriction of a connected cable. Both the Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems have built-in options that make it a simple task to connect to any nearby Wi-Fi networks.

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Your laptop can connect to a wireless Internet connection

Windows 7

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Right click the network icon located in the notification bar at the lower right end of your desktop.

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Scroll through the list of available Wi-Fi networks that pops up on the screen. Click the name of the network you want to connect with and then choose "Connect."

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Type in the encryption code and click "OK" if the Wi-Fi network uses a security code. The encryption code can be acquired through the administrator of the Wi-Fi network or through the management of the location where you are trying to connect, such as at a hotel or coffee store.

Windows Vista

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Open the Windows Start menu and click the "Connect To" button. Click the "Show" button and select the "Wireless" option.

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Scroll through the list of Wi-Fi networks detected by your laptop. Click the specific Wi-Fi network you need to access and then click the "Connect" button.

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Type the Wi-Fi network's encryption key if you are connecting to a secured network that uses a password. Click "OK."