How to Set Up a Wireless Connection to a PC

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Although many broadband modems come with an Ethernet cable that instantly connects you to the Internet, your Windows PC is also capable of connecting to the Internet through a wireless connection. As long as you have a router, your PC will be able to detect the wireless network and connect to the modem. Once connected, your PC will maintain an active connection to the Internet and can connect to other computers on the same network.

Things You'll Need

  • Broadband Internet connection
  • Wireless router (for Windows 7)

Set up Wireless Connection on Windows XP

  • Click the Start button on the menu located at the bottom of the desktop screen, and select "Control Panel."

  • Click the "Network and Internet Connections" link, and select "Network Connections."

  • Right-click the network icon, and select "Properties" from the shortcut menu.

  • Click the "Wireless Networks" tab in the Properties window, and click the "Add" button.

  • Create a name for your network in the "Network Name" field, and enter the security key in the "Network Key" and "Confirm Network Key" fields.

  • Click the "OK" button to save the settings, and click "OK" on the Properties window to exit out of the wireless network's properties.

Set up Wireless Connection of Windows Vista and 7

  • Click the "Start" button on the desktop screen, and click "Control Panel" from the pop-up menu. Click "Network Connections" from the Control Panel window, and right-click the wireless network icon.

  • Select "Properties" from the shortcut menu, and click the "Wireless Networks" tab in the Properties window.

  • Click the "Add" button, and create a name for your wireless network in the "Network Name" field. Enter the network key and re-enter the key in the "Confirm Network Key" field, and click "OK."

  • Click "OK" on the Properties window to save the settings and connect to the wireless network.

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