How do I set up my wireless connection in Mac OS X?

These instructions should work for these versions of OS X:

  • Leopard 10.5
  • Snow Leopard 10.6
  • Lion 10.7
  • Mountain Lion 10.8
  • Mavericks 10.9
  • Yosemite 10.10
  • El Capitan 10.11

Watch this short video for help setting up your wireless connection on your Mac. You can also scroll below for step by step instructions.


To set up your wireless connection in Mac OS X, follow the steps below:

  1. From your desktop screen, you should see a wireless adapter status icon next to your clock. This icon may look slightly lighter than the others here. Click on this icon as shown in the screenshot.
  2. After you click on that icon, a list of Wi-Fi networks should appear. Locate your wireless network name (SSID). If your wireless modem has it's wireless radio broadcasting its Wi-Fi network (most have this by default, including Windstream's modem), you should see your modem's SSID listed on the list of networks. NOTE: For Windstream equipment, the wireless network name is located on the back of the router next to SSID.
  3. Click on your SSID.
  4. If your wireless router requires a key or password, this prompt should appear. Type in the key/password and then click Join. For Windstream equipment, this password is also located on the back of the router, next to Network/Security Key. NOTE: Some keys/passwords are case-sensitive, make sure you use uppercase and lowercase letters appropriately.

If you are successful, your wireless status icon should show the signal strength bars with a darker color than before.

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