How to configure a wireless network with Windows 7
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.
Method 1: View and connect to available wireless networks
To view and connect to available wireless networks, follow these steps:
- Click the network icon in the notification area.
- 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:
- Click Start, click Control Panel, and then select Networking and Internet.
- Click Network and Sharing Center.
- Click Manage Wireless Networks.
- 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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- 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.
- Click the Next button.
- Click Close when you are finished.
Last Modified: 2013-08-19.