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How can you configure a laptop for a Wi-Fi connection?

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To configure your laptop for a Wi-Fi connection, make sure you are in the range of a Wi-Fi network, navigate to the system tray, click on the Wi-Fi icon, click on the name of the Wi-Fi network you want to access, enter the password if the network is secured, and then click Connect. Check the Connect Automatically option if you intend to use the network regularly. If you entered the correct password, the laptop should connect to the network.

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For this procedure to work, the laptop must have a built-in or external wireless network adapter. To confirm that it has a built-in wireless network adapter, go to Start, right-click Computer, click Properties, and click Device Manager. Navigate to Network Adapter, click the arrow, and check whether the Wi-Fi adapter appears.

If the Wi-Fi adapter isn't listed, attach a wireless network card or USB wireless network adapter that is compatible with your laptop. If required, install the appropriate driver for the adapter. Reboot the laptop to complete installation of the external adapter and for the driver you've installed to take effect. Once you have the external adapter working well with your laptop, complete the normal procedure to connect it to a Wi-Fi network.

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