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How to connect to a wireless network with Windows Vista


This article explains how to connect to wireless network in Windows Vista. You can use the wireless network functionality or use the command line to configure the wireless network settings. There is a new way to configure wireless connections at the command line using the Netsh.exe tool.

For detailed information about the netsh commands, see Netsh Commands for Wireless Local Area Network (wlan).

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Method 1: Using the wireless network functionality

To connect to a wireless network using the wireless network functionality in Windows Vista, please follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Network. (Or you can click Start, then click Connect).
  2. Click on Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click on the Connect to a network.

  4. Click the wireless network you wish to connect, and then click Connect. During this process, you may be prompted for a network key in order to connect to the wireless network. If you do not have this key, contact the administrator of the network for help.

Method 2: Using the command line interface

The netsh commands in Windows Vista provides methods for you to configure wireless security settings and connect to a wireless network. To use the netsh command, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, then click Command Prompt. At the command prompt, type the following line and press ENTER:

netsh wlan connect name=TechNet

Last Modified: 2015-04-27.