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Connecting a Mac computer to your Wi-Fi

This article will show you how to connect your Mac® computer to the wireless network.
 
Before connecting to your Wi-Fi, you must know the following:
  • Wi-Fi name (SSID)
  • Wi-Fi password, security key or passphrase
To learn how to check these settings on router, click here.
 
Follow the steps below to connect to your wireless network:
 
QUICK TIP:  When connecting your Mac computer to a home Wi-Fi, it's recommended to add it to your Preferred Networks list.  To learn how, click here.
 
 
Step 1:
On the desktop, click the AirPort/Wi-Fi User-added image icon, then select the Wi-Fi name (SSID) you want to connect to.

 
User-added image
 
When required, enter the Wi-Fi password then click Join
 
User-added image
 
QUICK TIP:  Check the Remember this network option if you want your Mac computer to remember this Wi-Fi network and automatically connect to it once the computer is in range.
 
When you see this User-added image icon at the menu bar, it means you've successfully connected.
 
If you still have trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi, click here for troubleshooting tips.  If you're having difficulties accessing some websites when connected to your Linksys router, click here.
 
 
Step 1:
On the desktop, click on the Apple User-added image icon, then select the System Preferences… option.

 
User-added image
 
Step 2:
Click the Network User-added image icon.
 
Step 3:
Select Wi-Fi from the left pane, click the Network Name drop-down menu, then select the Wi-Fi name you want to connect to.

NOTE:  Depending on your Mac version, Wi-Fi might display as AirPort.

 
User-added image
 
When required, enter the Wi-Fi password then click Join
 
User-added image
 
QUICK TIP:  Check the Remember this network option if you want your Mac computer to remember this Wi-Fi network and automatically connect to it once the computer is in range.
 
Step 4:
Click Apply.

 
You should have now successfully connected to the Wi-Fi.
 

Step 1:
On Network preferences, click the User-added image button.
 
Step 2:
Select the network you want to add on your Preferred Networks list then select Remember networks this computer has joined.
 
User-added image
 
NOTE:  For Mac versions 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and earlier, the Wi-Fi section/tab is shown as AirPort.

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.


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