How Do You Connect a Laptop to WiFi?


Quick Answer

To connect a laptop to Wi-Fi, go to the bottom right corner of the screen, and select the wireless network icon. It appears as a network bar or two monitors. Right-click the icon, and choose View Available Wireless Networks.

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  1. Select your preferred network

    Identify the network that you want to connect to, and click the Connect option. If your preferred network is not displayed, go to Control Panel, right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon, select View Available Wireless Networks, then choose the right one from the provided list. If you are using Windows 7 or 8, or Mac OS X, there is no need to click the network icon. All you need to do is to select the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom right corner of the task bar.

  2. Provide the password to connect to the network

    If the network is secured, provide the password. Most operating systems require users to type the password twice.

  3. Specify the type of wireless network you want to connect to

    Before users can begin to access the Internet, Windows prompts users to set the type of wireless network: Home, Public Location or Work, they are accessing. If users select Home or Work, their computer becomes visible to other devices or computers connected on the same network. Choose the Public Location option when connecting to a public network, such as a restaurant or entertainment spot.

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