Vista: How to connect to a wireless network?

This article is on how to connect to a wireless network in Windows Vista.You can connect your PC, running Windows vista as OS, to a home wireless network or a public network very easily.Infact this has been made much easier in vista, than in window XP.

Moreover, Windows Vista can even detect a non-broadcasting wireless network (hidden SSID), thereby enabling you to configure it as a preferred network. This is a new feature in Windows vista that Windows XP lacks.

How to connect a PC running windows Vista to a wireless network?

  • First, make sure that you have a wireless adapter and a driver installed on your computer.Otherwise do ensure that you set up an adapter and the appropriate driver(driver for connecting to the wireless network).
  • Then go to the Start menu and click on “Connect To

  • A network window will pop up that will show all the available connections, like dial-up, VPN and wireless.Choose the wireless connection and click the Connect button.

If the network you try to connect is a security-enabled network, that requires authentication,then:

  • The connection will happen automatically,if the network key is automatically provided by your network or system administrator (i.e.,if the network supports IEEE 802.1x)
  • Else you need to edit the network key, before you can connect.The key can either be a WEP or a WPA or a WPA2 encryption key.

The connection will show up as connected,once you are actually connected to the wireless network.

  • You may see and modify the connection settings of the wireless network by right clicking on the connected wireless network and choosing “Properties”.

  • You may even set up the network as the default wireless network.

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