There are many methods to connect your laptop or computer to a wireless router, but most have some common characteristics. They all require the appropriate hardware, cables, and software installed on both devices. Without these required items being in a place you will not be able to connect your system successfully to the network.
What You Will Need:
You will need several things before you can begin establishing a connection between your computer and your Wireless Router:A Wireless Network Adapter – you may already have this if connecting wirelessly is possible on your laptop or computer. If so, it probably came with its own CD containing the necessary installation files for connection. If not, you can purchase a device at any electronics store that sells computers and accessories. The actual brand does not matter, as long as the device is compatible.
Wireless router – you will need to know the make and model of your wireless router in order to complete this task correctly. You should also check your user manual for specific details on how to configure it’s settings. A Wireless Network Adapter may or may not have come with its own installation CD containing setup files. If so, use those to install the adapter before continuing with these steps if needed.
If both devices are new purchases, be sure they are compatible by checking their technical specifications closely before purchasing them together. This way you can avoid finding out later that they are incompatible after spending time setting them up . Also double-check any manuals that came with each device for pinout layouts, port locations, and antenna specifications (if applicable).
How To Connect:
Configuring your wireless router for connection is usually done by typing the network name (also called the SSID) into a web browser that is on another computer or device that you already have connected to your home network. This will bring up a login screen where you can change its settings before allowing other computers to connect to it wirelessly. The internal setup screens vary from make and model, so be sure to refer to the manual of your router if needed. Generally, this information will be found under either “Wireless Settings” or “Wireless Connection Setup”.
Once those items are confirmed as being in place, plug in both devices using an Ethernet cable . This cord will connect your wireless router to the Ethernet port on your computer if you do not already have one. If there is no other device already connected wirelessly, then this step can be skipped for now .
The next step varies slightly depending on the type of connection being made, either wired or wireless.
To Configure Your Wireless Connection:
Using a web browser on any other device that is currently connected to your network, input the following URL into its address bar: http://192.168.1.1 This should return the login screen for configuration of your router settings . If it does not work, make sure you entered the correct model number and make for both devices before attempting this part again . Entering an incorrect SSID can cause you to end up on a different router’s settings page.
This should bring up the network configuration screen for your wireless connection . If it does not, try looking in “Wireless Settings” or “Wireless Connection Setup”, sometimes both. Here you will need to enter the password used to encrypt its data before it is sent wirelessly. Type this encryption key into the appropriate box under your Router’s settings of choice, usually found under Wireless Security or Wireless Network Encryption. Make sure you have typed every letter correctly since these are encrypted keys and will appear jumbled if incorrect .
Once that is done, save the changes by clicking on Apply/Save/Ok either at the top of the screen or down near the bottom of whichever page it is located .
If you have any problems with this, refer to your router’s manual for additional assistance. This should bring up the configuration screen for the wireless connection so that you can begin configuring your network . Make sure that “Enable SSID Broadcast” is enabled if needed. Some routers will not allow them to broadcast unless they are specifically configured to do so. If you are having trouble finding this option, consult your router’s user guide for assistance.
Once all of those steps are completed, connect both devices wirelessly or using an Ethernet cable again just as before until the prompt appears on your computer asking for permission to access the Internet through your router . Accept this prompt by clicking yes/ok/allow /etc… Entering the wrong password here can cause you to not receive the prompt and require a second attempt.
To Configure Your Wired Connection:
Click on your Windows Start Menu and then on Control Panel (this varies depending on what version of Windows it is). From there, choose either “Network and Internet” or “Network Connections”. Type in the network name used for your wireless connection into the search bar at the top. A list of options should pop up, select “Set up a new connection or network” . If you don’t see this option, skip to step 7 . A window will appear with the title “Set Up a Connection or Network”. Select “Connect to a workplace” and click next .
You may be asked to enter your computer’s network key or password here. If you are, enter it into the appropriate box on the next page .
You will then be asked to pick your type of wired connection. Select “Use my Internet Connection (VPN)”. This is usually located at the top of this list .
Next, choose either Dial-up or VPN depending on which one you need. Windows 7 and 10 users may have to select “Connect using a virtual private network”.
For most purposes, leave “Virtual Private Network” selected here . You can do this by selecting that option from the drop down menu near its name if it does appear there. For more information about what each setting does, consult any user manual your router