How to Hook Up Wi-Fi to a Computer With a Router

Any computer with a wireless networking adapter can surf the Web through a Wi-Fi connection by accessing a wireless router. Before you can begin sending messages to friends or checking sports scores, though, you must first properly set up your router and then create a new wireless network. Setting up a wireless network and connecting to it only requires a few simple clicks and keystrokes in the Windows 7 operating system.

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Your operating system has settings for connecting to a wireless router.

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Plug the wireless router's AC adapter into a wall outlet if you have not already done so. Connect your cable or DSL line into the corresponding port on the back of your modem.

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Connect an ethernet cable between the ethernet port on the modem and the port on the wireless router labeled either "ethernet" or "wide area network."

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Insert the wireless router's installation CD into your computer's disc drive if the router included a CD. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the router's software.

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Navigate to the "Control Panel" option in the Start menu. Choose "Network and Sharing Center" and then select the "Set up a new connection or network" option.

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Choose the "Setup a new network" option, and click "Next." Type in a name for your network and then enter in a security key if you want to use one. Click "Next."

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Right-click the networking icon located in the notification area at the lower right end of your computer's desktop. Click the name of your network, then select "Connect."

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Type in the security key you set earlier, and choose "OK" to connect to the Wi-Fi connection.