How to Set Up WiFi on a Dell Laptop

By Christopher Williams

One of the first things you likely want to do with your new Dell laptop is get online, and today more than ever, that means connecting to a Wi-Fi connection. Even if you don't have Wi-Fi at home, your laptop can connect with public hot spots at coffee shops, hotels, stores and anywhere else that a connection is available. All Dell laptops today come standard with wireless adapters installed, so getting online is a simple matter of getting a connection established.

Step 1

Open the "Control Panel" from the "Start" menu on your laptop. Depending on your version of Windows, navigate to the appropriate section for viewing your network devices. Be sure that your wireless adapter is listed as "Enabled." If it is not, right-click on the wireless adapter and click "Enable." Close the network connections window and the control panel.

Step 2

Double-click on the wireless network connection icon at the bottom, right of your screen. Depending on your version of Windows, this will look like two computer screens, or like a computer with radio waves emanating from it. A new window will appear listing available WiFi connections.

Step 3

Choose the available connection that you wish to connect to, and click on "Connect." Your laptop will attempt to automatically establish and configure a connection.

Step 4

Enter the pass phrase or pass key for the wireless network if prompted. This is only necessary if you are connecting to a secure network.