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How to connect to the wireless network

Updated on April 2, 2012

How to connect to the wireless network on Windows computer?

Connecting to the wireless network on a WINDOWS computer is easy. If you know the basic wireless connection settings, you will be able to connect to the wireless network on your own. You can also troubleshoot your wireless network.

Basic information you need to know when you try to connect to the wireless network.

The settings of your wireless network like the network name and network key or password.

Where to click on the computer to connect to the network?

What are the different errors you may get while connecting to the network?

How to fix these errors?

Once you have the basic information, you can easily connect to any wireless network.

How to connect on WINDOWS XP computer?

On Windows XP computer, there is a built in wireless connection manager (the software that will connect you to the network). Go to the Network connection on your computer. There you will find wireless network connection icon. If you right click on it, you will get the option “View available wireless network”. When you click on it you will see the list of available networks in the area. Select your wireless network from the list and click on connect at the bottom. If your wireless network is secured then it will ask you for the wireless network key or password. Enter the correct network key and you will be connected to the wireless network.

Errors while connecting on windows XP:

  1. Windows can not configure this wireless network.
  2. No wireless networks are found in the range.
  3. Waiting for network to be ready:
  4. Limited or no connectivity.
  5. Windows can not connect to the network; the network may no longer be in the range.

How to connect on WINDOWS Vista or Windows 7 computer?

On windows Vista or 7 computers, you will find the icon in the bottom right hand corner. Right click on that icon and go to connect to a network. You will see your wireless network in the list. Select your network and click on connect. If it is secured then you will need to enter the wireless network key or password. Enter the correct password and it will connect you to the network. If you do not find the icon in the system tray then go to network and sharing center. You will find the option connect to a network.

Errors while connecting on Windows Vista:

  1. Settings saved on this computer do not match the requirements.
  2. Press the configuration button.
  3. Enter PIN number.
  4. Windows can not connect to the network.
  5. Additional log on information required.

How to connect on WINDOWS 98, ME and 2000?

These operating systems do not have built in wireless connection manager or utility. Then how do you connect to the wireless network on these computers?

You can use the third party utility or monitor to connect. Let's take an example. You have windows 2000 computer and you are using Linksys wireless adapter. When you install the Linksys adapter on your computer, you also install the Linksys network monitor software. This network monitor software will connect you to the wireless network. If you have DELL adapter then you can connect using the DELL wireless monitor.

Able to connect to the wireless network but not able access the Internet

Sometimes it will show you connected to the wireless network, but you will not be able to access the Internet. In this case, check the IP address on your computer and make sure that there is no static IP address set up on your wireless network connection.

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      routerexpert123 

      6 years ago

      You can try to upgrade firmware on the router.

      Try this link http://theroutersetup.com/troubleshooting-wireless...

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      Jason 

      6 years ago

      I had issues with Windows XP computer. I have the correct network key but it always say Limited or no connectivity.

      I have tried all the settings on the router. I disabled the security. Still it is not connecting.

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      Sherry 

      8 years ago

      Nice Information. I was not able to connect to the wireless network on my windows vista computer. I was getting the error " settings saved on this computer do not match " I was able to fix it. Thanks

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