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Hello, The laptop does not connect to wi-fi. I rebooted it to factory settings, no results. Perhaps, I did not activate any wi-fi switch? I noticed that F8 has a character WiFi picture on it yet it has to go with some combination. Please advise. Thank you. Andrew

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Hi Andrew,

As you have guessed, the wireless radio in your notebook will have to be on before you can connect. The F8 key you mentioned with the wifi symbol will likely be the switch to enable and disable it. Usually, the key board has a separate "F" or "Fn" (Function) key that would be pressed and held - and the tap the the "F8" key to toggle the wifi radio on or off. If you did not hold the F or Fn key I'm talking about - it would have nothing to do with the wifi radio. It is imperative to find the F or Fn key on your keyboard to make this work.

A message indicating the status of the wifi radio being on or off show flash on the screen or light up an led on the the notebook somewhere. Once you believe the wifi is on, connect to the wireless router when you are shown a message about wifi networks in range on the screen. If there is more than one network, you'll be provided a list from which to choose. If the SSID of your router is being broadcast, you should see it in the list. Select your own wifi network. Provide the security credentials to authenticate (if asked). This would be the security key. This key should be the same key that is in the router's wireless security page. If your router is not broadcasting the SSID of the network, your notebook will not detect the network. You will have to manually configure the notebook to connect to a specific network by identifying it first. If you do not know the security key or the SSID you will have to check the router's wireless security setup page to see it or change the key. You should also see the name of the network on one of the wireless pages in the SSID box. You can view or change the name here if you wish and you can enable or disable broadcasting the SSID as well. Lastly, you'll have to supply the security credentials, etc. when setting up the network on the notebook If given the opportunity to "always connect to this network when in range" be sure to select it so the next time you want to use the notebook's wifi connection here - it will automatically connect for you.

These are fairly generic instructions as I don't know which notebook, wifi card, or router you have. You should get an idea as to how this works from this however. I hope this was helpful and good luck! Please rate my reply. Thank you.

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