How do I set up my wireless connection in Windows 7?

Watch this short video to set up your wireless network in Windows 7. You can also scroll below for step-by-step instructions.


To set up your Windows 7 wireless connection, follow the below steps:

  1. From your desktop screen, you should see a wireless adapter status icon in your System Tray, next to your clock. Click on this icon as shown in the screenshot.
  2. After you click on that icon, a list of Wi-Fi networks should appear. Click on the Refresh icon to ensure you have a recent snapshot of Wi-Fi networks.
  3. Locate your wireless network name (SSID). If your wireless router has it's wireless radio broadcasting its Wi-Fi network (most have this by default), you should see your router's SSID listed on the list of networks. Note: For Windstream equipment, the wireless network name is located on the back bottom of the router next to SSID.
  4. Click on your SSID. Place a checkmark in Connect automatically and click on the Connect button.
  5. If your wireless router requires a key or password, this prompt should appear. Type in the key/password and then click OK. For Windstream's equipment, this password is located on the back bottom 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 without the yellow asterisk.

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