How to Tell If My Computer Has WiFi

By Damarious Page

Wireless Internet data is invisible and the hardware that supports Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity on PCs is just as elusive. Some Wi-Fi adapters use prominently displayed antennas so the computer has a stronger Internet signal for transmitting network data. However, advancing technology is allowing manufacturers to use low-profile, miniature adapter "cards" that don't resemble a "receiver." In any case, if you have Windows, you can use a utility in the operating system to tell if the PC is capable of supporting Wi-Fi.

Step 1

Open the "Start" menu and type "View Network Connections" in the search box at the bottom of the menu. Press "Enter" to open the "Network Connections" folder.

Step 2

Click the "Name" column heading to alphabetize the hardware adapters that Windows is currently detecting in the PC.

Step 3

Look for the "Wireless Network Connection" icon, which identifies that a Wi-Fi adapter is available on the computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • To search for nearby Wi-Fi connections, type "Connect To A Network" in the search box at the bottom of the "Start" menu. Press "Enter," then a dialog box will open from the right side of the taskbar. This box will list the available wireless networks.