Article ID : 00009948 / Last Modified : 12/15/2020

Setup a wireless network connection on a computer with Windows 7

    This information provides the steps to help set up a wireless (Wi-Fi® network) connection on your computer with the Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system.

    1. Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
    2. In the Control Panel window, click Network and Internet.
    3. In the Network and Internet window, click Network and Sharing Center.
    4. In the Network and Sharing Center window, under Change your networking settings, click Set up a new connection or network.

    5. In the Set up a Connection or Network window, click to select Manually connect to a wireless network, and then click the Next button.
    6. In the Manually connect to a wireless network window, enter the appropriate Network name, Security type, Encryption type, and Security Key.

      Note: The Network name (SSID), Security type, Encryption type, and Security key information are configured on the wireless router or access point. If you're using the default configuration, this information may be listed on bottom of the router or in the manual. If you configured the router with custom settings, you may be able to locate it by logging into the router setup page. If you can't find this information, contact your network administrator or the router manufacturer. The image provided is an example of the information required. Your information will vary.

    7. Verify the box is checked next to Start this connection automatically.
      • If you're manually configuring your wireless network because the router isn't broadcasting the SSID, you must check the box next to Connect even if the network is not broadcasting.
    8. In the Successfully added window, click the Close button.

    If you still can't connect to the wireless network after completing this procedure, verify the Network name (SSID), Security type, Encryption type, and Security key are correct and repeat the procedure.