Connecting wireless computers to your network

Through your wireless router, sharing Internet connection between computers is made possible.  It also allows other wireless devices like tablet PCs, game consoles, and even smartphones to connect to the wireless network and Internet.  To be able to connect to the network, the wireless computer should be configured to have the same wireless network name (SSID) and passphrase with router.
 
QUICK TIP:  If you have already tried connecting your computer to the network but failed, you need to clear the list of preferred networks or old wireless profiles first before you proceed with the steps per Operating System (OS) below.  If you don’t know how to clear the list, click here.
 
Windows 8 and 8.1
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Mac OS X®
 
To watch the video instructions on how to connect your Windows computer to the wireless network, click here.
 
Windows 7 
 
Step 1:
Click the Network icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
 
 
Step 2:
Select your network from the list and click Connect.
 
 
Step 3:
On the Connect to a Network window, enter your Security key or Passphrase and click OK.  Wait while your computer connects to your network.
 
 
NOTE:  If your network is unsecured, you will be connected automatically to the wireless network without entering the security key or passphrase.  However, it is recommended to secure the network to avoid other people from using your connection without permission.
 
The computer has been successfully connected to the wireless network once it displays the Wireless Connection  icon.  The actual number of signal bars displayed indicates the approximate assessment of speed and throughput, which shows the strength of the connection between the router and the adapter.  It has no bearing on the Internet speed.  To know how to test your Internet connection speed using Linksys Connect, click here.
 
QUICK TIP:  In case a pop-up window asks you for login credentials while signing in, click here for instructions on how to solve this issue.  If you are still encountering difficulties connecting to the wireless network, click here.
 
Windows Vista 
 
Step 1:
Right-click the Network  icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen and select Connect to a network.
 
 
Step 2:
Select your network then click Connect.
 
 
QUICK TIP:  If the process of getting information takes longer than usual, you may click the link I want to enter the network key or passphrase instead.
 
 
Step 3:
Enter your Security key or Passphrase then click Connect.
 
 
QUICK TIP:  Click Display characters to see the characters that you’re typing.  The Security key or Passphrase is case-sensitive.
 
NOTE:  If your network is unsecured, you will be connected automatically to the wireless network without entering the security key or passphrase.  However, it is recommended to secure the network to avoid other people from using your connection without permission.
 
Step 4:
Click Close when you have successfully connected to your network.
 
 
NOTE:  If you want to automatically connect to the wireless network when it is in range, select Save this network and Start this connection automatically options.
 
The computer is successfully connected to the wireless network if you are able to see this  icon on your taskbar.
 
NOTE:  In case a pop-up window asks you for login credentials while signing in, click here for instructions on how to solve this issue.  If you are still encountering difficulties connecting to the wireless network, click here.
 
Windows XP 
 
Step 1:
Right-click on the Wireless Connection icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen and select View Available Wireless Networks
 
NOTE:  If you are using a third party wireless configuration software such as IntelPro® Wireless Utility or Dell WLAN, contact your computer manufacturer or refer to your computer's documentation for assistance.
 
 
NOTE:  If Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) is disabled or another wireless utility is running, the Wireless Connection icon will not appear at the bottom-right corner.  To enable WZC on your Windows XP computer, click here.
 
If the computer is not detecting any signal or is not seeing any wireless network, click Refresh network list
 
 
Step 2:
Select your wireless network from the list then click Connect.
 
 
Step 3:
Enter and confirm your Network key, then click Connect.
 
 
NOTE:  If your network is unsecured, you will be connected automatically to the wireless network without entering the network key or passphrase.  However, it is recommended to secure the network to avoid other people from using your connection without permission.
 
The Wireless Connection  icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen will light up if you are connected to the wireless network.  If you are encountering difficulties connecting to the wireless network, click here.

Mac OS X® 
 
Step 1:
Click on the AirPort®  icon and select your network from the list.
 
Step 2:
Enter your Password then click Join.
 

QUICK TIP:  You can check Show password to see the characters that you’re typing.  Wait while your computer tries to connect to your network.  You can also select Remember this network to automatically connect to the network whenever it is in range.
 
NOTE:  If your network is unsecured, you will be connected automatically to the wireless network without entering the security key or passphrase.  However, it is recommended to secure the network to avoid other people from using your connection without permission.

A solid  icon indicates that your Mac® computer is connected wirelessly to the network.  The actual number of signal bars displayed indicates the approximate assessment of speed and throughput, which shows the strength of the connection between the router and the adapter.  It has no bearing on the Internet speed.  You can perform a speed test or observe the download speed by trying to download a file to test your Internet speed.  To know how to test your Internet connection speed using Linksys Connect, click here.
                                                                                     
Alternative Method to Connect to the Network
 
You can use Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) to quickly connect your WPS-enabled computers and devices to your network.  To learn how to connect your computers and devices using WPS, click here.  To configure the WPS of your Smart Wi-Fi router, click here.
 
QUICKTIP:  If you are having difficulty connecting to the network, click here to know tips about how to resolve issues in connectivity. 


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