Connecting a Mac® computer to a wireless network

This article will show you how to connect your Mac® computer to the wireless network.

Before connecting to your wireless network, you must know your network’s:

• Wireless Network Name (SSID)
• Wireless security key or passphrase

To learn how to check your router’s wireless settings, click here.

Follow the steps below to connect to your wireless network:

Connecting to wireless networks using the network menu
Connecting to wireless networks using the AirPort®/Wi-Fi icon

QUICK TIP:  When connecting your Mac computer to a home network, it is recommended that you add it to your Preferred Networks list.  To know more, click here.

Connecting to wireless networks using the network menu

OS X® Snow Leopard 10.6.1
OS X® Lion 10.7/Mountain Lion 10.8/Mavericks 10.9

OS X® Snow Leopard 10.6.1

Step 1:
Click on the Apple  icon, then select the System Preferences… option.

Step 2:
Click Network in the System Preferences window.

Step 3:
Select AirPort and click the Network Name drop-down menu to select a wireless network you want to connect to.

NOTE:  Enter the security key or passphrase of the network if prompted.  If you want to connect to the network automatically the next time the network is in range, click Remember this network.  Once done, click OK.

Step 4:
Click Apply.

You should now be able to connect to the network.

OS X® Lion 10.7/Mountain Lion 10.8/Mavericks 10.9

Step 1:
Click on the Apple  icon, then select the System Preferences… option.

Step 2:
Click Network in the System Preferences window.

Step 3:
Select Wi-Fi and click the Network Name drop-down menu to select a wireless network you want to connect to.

NOTE:  If the network security is enabled on the router, enter the password then click Join.


 

QUICK TIP:  Check the Remember this network option if you want your Mac computer to remember the network and automatically connect to it once the computer is in range.

Step 4:
Click Apply.

You should now be able to connect to the network.

Connecting to wireless networks using the AirPort®/Wi-Fi icon

OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.1
OS X Lion 10.7/Mountain Lion 10.8/Mavericks 10.9

OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.1

Step 1:
Click the AirPort  icon and select the Wireless Network Name (SSID) of the network you want to connect to. 

NOTE:  If the network security is enabled on the router, enter the password then click OK.

QUICK TIP:  Check the Remember this network option if you want your Mac computer to remember the network and automatically connect to it once the computer is in range.

When you see this icon  at the upper-right corner of your toolbar, it means you are already connected to your network.

OS X Lion 10.7/Mountain Lion 10.8/Mavericks 10.9

Step 1:
Click the Wi-Fi  icon and select the Wireless Network Name (SSID) of the network you want to connect to. 

NOTE:  If the network security is enabled on the router, enter the password then click Join

QUICK TIP:  Check the Remember this network option if you want your Mac computer to remember the network and automatically connect to it once the computer is in range.

When you see this icon  at the upper-right corner of your toolbar, it means you are already connected to your network.

If you still have trouble connecting to the Internet, click here for troubleshooting tips in wirelessly connecting to a Linksys router.  If you encounter difficulties accessing some websites when connected to a router, click here for instructions.

Adding a network to your Preferred Networks list

Step 1:
On the Network preferences screen, click the  button.

 

Step 2:
Select the network you want to add on your Preferred Networks list then select Remember networks this computer has joined

NOTE:  For Mac OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks users, the AirPort has been replaced with Wi-Fi.

Step 3:
Click OK.

Once the selected network has been added to your preferred list, you can connect to this network automatically when it is in range.


Related Articles:

Connecting wireless computers to your network
Connecting to a wireless network using Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC)
Connecting a Windows Vista computer to the network using the WLAN Autoconfig

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