How to Acquire a Wireless Signal on a PC: 9 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Getting a wireless signal on your computer in order to connect to the Internet requires a wireless router for your Internet modem and a Wi-Fi adapter for your computer. If security is a concern, select a router that offers at least WPA2 encryption so that users are prompted for a password in order to access the Wi-Fi network. If your computer has a free USB port, use a USB Wi-Fi adapter, which is usually relatively inexpensive and easy to install on most computers, provided the model you get is recommended for your operating system.Connecting Components.


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    Connect a Wi-Fi router to your Internet modem. While installation may vary depending on the model, generally this process consists of connecting the router to the modem with the network cable it came with, then plugging its AC adapter into a wall outlet. In many cases, a green indicator light shows that the router is active and can be accessed by a computer.
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    Connect a Wi-Fi USB adapter to your computer by plugging it into a free USB port. For best results, do not use a USB hub or a USB port on a connected device like a keyboard.
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    Wait for Windows to identify the Wi-Fi adapter. You may need to install drivers or software, depending on the Wi-Fi adapter manufacturer's instructions.
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    Click the Wi-Fi indicator icon at the bottom right corner of the screen to open a dialog box that shows all of the Wi-Fi networks within range of the computer. Your Wi-Fi router is usually identified by the manufacturer's name. Click it if it is not already selected, then close the dialog box.Configuration
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    Read the instructions that came with the router to determine how it should be set up. Some routers come with an installation CD, while others can be configured simply by launching a Web browser and typing the router's IP address, such as "," in the browser's address bar.
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    Enter the username and password included in the router's documentation the first time you set up the router. Often, as with Linksys routers, the username is blank and the password is "admin."
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    Change the username and password for the router to ensure no one else can get in to change your settings
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    Change the security settings on the router to use WPA2 encryption, and set a password that is at least eight characters long. You only need to enter the password the first time you connect to the router with a new computer.
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    Open a new Web browser window and navigate to any website. Press "F5" on the keyboard to ensure you are actually on that website and not looking at an old page stored in your computer's memory. If this does not work, click the Windows "Start" button, then click "Control Panel," type "network" in the search field and click "Network and Sharing Center." Double-click "Connect to the Internet" to start the Internet Connection Wizard, then follow the onscreen instructions to configure Windows to work with the new wireless connection


  • To help you remember your Wi-Fi password, as well as your router's username and password, write it on a piece of paper and tape it to the bottom of the router.

Things You'll Need

  • Wi-Fi router
  • USB Wi-Fi adapter

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