How to Connect to a Wireless Network in Windows Vista

In this tutorial I will show you how to connect to a wireless network using Windows Vista. The benefits of connecting to the internet through a wireless router are many, but the main reason WiFi is so popular is the mobility factor. It’s very convenient to work from any location that has wireless internet because it means you can go from the office, to a coffee shop, to a library and then home while working on your laptop. Using a wireless network is also nice for desktop computers as you don’t have to worry about pulling network cables through walls just to get the internet in your room. Although a wireless internet is not as fast as the wired kind it is still a must have to most people today. Follow this easy tutorial on how to connect to a wireless router and you’ll be mobile in no time.


1. The first step is to buy a wireless router and setup the wireless SSID (or network name) and encryption.

2. Find the Network icon in your taskbar and right-click on the Network icon.

3. Once the network options pop-up appears, select the Connect to a Network option.

4. Now the Connect to a Network screen will appear and you will see a list of all the available network in your area. Find your network name from the list and click on it, then press the Connect button.

5. If your wireless network is unsecured then you will be able to connect automatically. If your wireless network is secured (like it should be) then you will asked to type in the security key or passphrase to connect to the network. Enter your security key and then click the Connect button.

6. Once the computer is connected to the wireless router Windows Vista will ask you if you want to Save This Network and Connect Automatically. If this is a home network or a network that you frequently will connect to then make sure to check both boxes. Now click the Close button.

7. Open your favorite internet browsers and start enjoying the internet.


– It is not recommended to setup your laptop to connect to several wireless networks automatically because sometimes this will cause a conflict.

– A wireless signal can be affected by any type of electromagnetic waves within the same frequency so don’t be surprised if your signal strength changes without notice.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. We hope the tutorial “How to Connect to a Wireless Network in Windows Vista” using Windows Vista has helped you with your computer repair issue.

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