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Checking wireless connectivity with your router

This article will guide you on how to check wireless connectivity with your Linksys router.

Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Mac OS

Windows 7

Step 1:
Right-click on the Wireless icon then click Open Network and Sharing Center.

 


Step 2:
Click on Change adapter settings.
 


NOTE:  On the Network Connections window, you can see the Wireless Network Connection icon with your network name.  This indicates that you are currently connected to your network.
 

IMPORTANT:  If there are instances wherein you cannot confirm wireless connectivity, it could be that your computer’s wireless network adapter is disabled.  This is indicated by this icon  appearing on the system tray or the disappearance of any icons indicating wireless connections.

To resolve this:

Step 1:
Open Network and Sharing Center.  Click the Pearl button then type in “Network and Sharing Center” on the Search field.

Step 2:
On the Network and Sharing Center window, click Change adapter settings.
 

 


If the wireless network icon looks like this  , it means that you are not connected to the wireless network.  To resolve this, right-click the icon then select Connect/Disconnect.
 


However, if the icon looks like this  , it means that the wireless network adapter of your computer is disabled.  When your computer’s wireless network adapter is disabled, you would not be able to detect is wireless connectivity.

To resolve this, right-click on the icon and select Enable.
 


Another possible reason why you are unable to detect your wireless network, even though your computer’s wireless network adapter is already enabled, is because the Wireless Network Name (SSID) of your router may have changed.  To resolve this issue, you may check the wireless settings of your router.  To learn how, click hereIf you have the Linksys Connect software installed, click here for instructions.

Windows Vista

Step 1:
Right-click on the Network icon then click Network and Sharing Center.
 


Step 2:
Click Connect to a Network.
 


NOTE:  On the Connect to a network window you will see the word Connected next to your network name.  This indicates that you are currently connected to your network.
 


IMPORTANT:  Make sure to check the wireless settings of your router.  One reason why you are unable to detect your wireless network, even though your computer’s wireless network adapter is already enabled, is because the Wireless Network Name (SSID) of your router may have changed.  To resolve this issue, you may check the wireless settings of your router.  To learn how, click here.  If you have the Linksys Connect software installed, click here for instructions.

Windows XP

Step 1:
Right-click the wireless icon on your computer’s system tray.

Step 2:
Click View Available Wireless Networks.
 


NOTE:  On the Choose a wireless network window, you will see a star icon beside the word Connected.  This indicates that you are currently connected to your network.
 


IMPORTANT:  If there are instances wherein you cannot confirm wireless connectivity, it could be that your computer’s wireless network adapter is disabled.  This is indicated by this icon  appearing on the system tray or the disappearance of any icons indicating wireless connections.

To resolve this:

Step 1:
Click Start > Control Panel > Network Connections.

Step 2:
On the Network Connections window, check if your wireless network is enabled.  If the wireless network icon has an X mark beside it, this means that your wireless network adapter is disabled.
 


Step 3:
Right-click on the icon and select Enable.  A pop-up window will appear, indicating that the wireless network adapter of your computer is now enabled.
 


Another possible reason why you are unable to detect your wireless network, even though your computer’s wireless network adapter is already enabled, is because the Wireless Network Name (SSID) of your router may have changed.  To resolve this issue, you may check the wireless settings of your router.   To learn how, click here.   If you have the Linksys Connect software installed, click here for instructions.

Mac OS

Step 1:
Click on the Airport icon.  On the drop-down menu you will see a list of available network names.

When you see your network name with a check mark next to it, this indicates that you are currently connected to your network.
 


IMPORTANT:  Make sure to check the wireless settings of your router.  One reason why you are unable to detect your wireless network, even though your computer’s wireless network adapter is already enabled, is because the Wireless Network Name (SSID) of your router may have changed.  To resolve this issue, you may check the wireless settings of your router.  To learn how, click here.  If you have the Linksys Connect software installed, click here for instructions.


Related Articles:

Changing the wireless network name and password using Linksys Connect
Changing the Wireless Network’s Name (SSID) on a Linksys Router
Connecting wireless computers to your network

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