How to Find My Wireless Type

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Laptop computers often include a built-in wireless network adapter that allows you to connect to the Internet and other networks. With multiple wireless standards available, it is useful to know which standard your wireless adapter supports. Access the Device Manager on your computer to determine your adapter type without taking apart your computer. The Device Manager is a tool that provides information about all of the adapters, drives and devices connected to your computer.

  • Click the Windows "Start" menu, then type "Device Manager" into the search box. Click "Device Manager" from the displayed list of results.

  • Double-click "Network Adapters" to view the list of network adapters installed on your computer.

  • Locate the wireless adapter from the displayed list of network adapters. The wireless adapter will likely have a name such as "Wireless G Adapter" or "802.11G adapter." Typical wireless types include A, B, G and N. The letter in the wireless adapter name is the type of wireless signal it is capable of receiving.

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