laptop user must know how to set up. to connect toWi-Fi locations. Using Windows XP in this tutorial, we'll go throughthe steps for setting up a laptop to access a Wi-Fi network. Some Wi-Ficards can be set to automatically detect and connect to Wi-Fi networks,though it is still important to know how to manually set up your Wi-Ficard to connect to a wireless network.
Before you attempt to use any Wi-Fi network, find out what the SSID, Channel, Mode and WEP keys are. Some Wi-Fi locations do not require a WEP key. Many Wi-Fi providers have this information on their Web site or they'll give you the information when you purchase access.
Ensure you have a firewall program installed and running. This will protect your data.
Start up your laptop and look for the Wi-Fi network icon in the bottom right of the screen.
Click on the Wi-Fi Connection icon on bottom right of screen and you should see a window that indicates connection, strength and duration. Click onthe Properties tab
This window shows the type of networking card installed. Click on the Wireless Networks tab.
Once the Wireless Network Connection Properties window is open, you will have two options depending on how you set up your laptop. If you do not see any networks listed in Preferred or Available networks,you will have to manually add the SSID. Click on Add. You will have toenter the SSID and WEP key (if required). Click OK and you should then see the network you just added in the Available Networks box.
If you see the correct SSID showing in the Available Networks, then youn eed to click on Configure in order to enter the WEP key if that is required.
In this window, enter the SSID for the Wi-Fi network you want to a ccess. Make sure you do not have CAPS lock or NUM lock while entering the information. If a Network key is required, click on "DataEncryption and then enter the Network key you have been provided with.Again make sure you do not have CAPS or NUM lock on. Click OK when entered. If you have entered the key incorrectly, a message will pop up and you will need to re-enter the key.
Next go to Start - and where it says Connect To click on that and you should see choices similar to the graphic below. Click on WirelessNetwork Connection and it should work. Potential Problems & Their Solutions:
Thereare occasions when the connection doesn't work. In these cases check your firewall software and make sure it allows you to connect to the Wi-Fi network. To check this, disable your firewall software and check the connection again. If you can connect with the firewall programd isabled, you will need to change your firewall settings. If your firewall program is not the problem, check the SSID and WEP key information that you entered. Both of these are case sensitive. If you had obtained SSID information from the Internet, check with someone in the establishment to see if the SSID has been changed.