How to configure a wireless network with Windows 7

Summary

Other computers and devices need to know how to connect to a wireless network. Each computer will need settings such as a network name and network security key. If you have a computer with Windows Vista, you can easily use the netsh commands to export your wireless settings and transfer those settings to a computer running Windows 7.

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Method 1: View and connect to available wireless networks

To view and connect to available wireless networks, follow these steps:

  1. Click the network icon in the notification area.
  2. In the list of available wireless networks, click a network, and then click Connect. You may be required to enter a security network key or a passphrase to connect to the network.

Method 2: Manually create a network profile

Before you can connect to a wireless network you need to create wireless profile. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then select Networking and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click Manage Wireless Networks.
  4. Click the Add button and choose the type of profile you want to create. If you are connect two computers (computer-to-computer) together then select the "Create an ad-hoc network profile." If you are connecting a computer to a wireless router or an access point, then choose the "Manually create a network profile." A screen should appear similar to the following figure.


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  5. In the Network name field, type the name of the access point (also called SSID), and select the appropriate settings according to your network requirements.
  6. Click the Next button.
  7. Click Close when you are finished.

Last Modified: 2013-08-19.