Wireless network connection on Windows or MAC computer.
My name is Jim and I will tell you some useful tips for how to connect to the wireless network on Windows and MAC computers. If you have few simple troubleshooting tips then you will never face any problem while connecting to the Wi-Fi.
Before we start connecting to the wireless, make sure that you have all the settings of your router. If it is a secured one then you will need correct security password. If you are not sure about it then open the setup page of the router and find the security key. Setup page is the place where you will find all the settings of your router.
If you don’t want to go through explanation, you can simply start troubleshooting your wireless network connection issue by clicking this link.
Wireless network connection on Windows XP:
Click START. Then select Control Panel. Go To Network connections. In the list, you will fine Wireless network connection icon.
Right click on it and select “View available wireless networks“. It will show you the list of available Wi-Fi connection in that area. Select the SSID that you want to connect and click connect at the bottom. If your connection is secured then it will ask you for the security password. Enter the correct password and you are good to go. If you are not sure about security key then you will need to check the settings of your wireless gateway and get the correct encryption key.
If you do not see Wireless connection icon in the network connection list then you will need to check the adapter properties in Device Manager. It might not be installed properly or the drivers might not be working properly.
Common errors on Windows XP:
While connecting to the wi-fi on Windows XP, you may get one of the following error.
1. Windows can not configure this wireless… : It means there is another program on your computer which is handling your network connection. You can disable other utility and Let windows to manage the connection.
2. No wireless networks are found in the range : It means your computer is not getting signal. If you are using a laptop then make sure that wireless switch on your laptop is turned ON and router is broadcasting Wi-Fi signal.
3. Waiting for network to be ready: In this case you can remove the wireless network from the preferred network list and try to connect again.
4. Limited or no connectivity: This means your computer is not getting IP address from the router. Make sure that you have entered the correct security key. DHCP server on your router is Enabled.
5. Network may no longer be in the range: Try changing wireless channel on the router. Try to disable and enable wireless adapter or uninstall it and reinstall it. Also try changing wireless channel on the router.
Wireless network connection on Windows Vista and 7:
In case of Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, you will see Wireless Network connection icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. Right click on that icon and select “Connect to a network” . You will see the list of available Wi-Fi connection in that area. Select your SSID and click connect.
If your WiFi is secured then enter the correct security key. The security key is case sensitive. If you are not sure about the settings of the router then open the setup page of the wireless gateway and check the security key.
Once you enter the correct password, it will let you join the network.
Other method is to open “Network and Sharing center“. On this window, you will see the option “Connect to a network”.
Common errors on Windows Vista and 7:
1. Settings saved on this computer do not match: Remove the profile from the preferred list and then try to connect again.
2. Press the configuration button on your access point: You can simply skip this step or add a profile manually.
3. Windows can not connect to the network: Make sure that you have correct security key. Try to add profile manually. Check the settings and make sure that MAC filter is disabled on the router.
4. Enter the PIN number: Skip this step and profile manually.
5. Additional log on information is required: Manually add profile. If you have WEP security type then change the security mode to WPA.
Wireless network connection on MAC :
I think connecting to a WiFi is very simple on a MAC computer.
You will find Airport icon in the top right corner which looks like WiFi signal. If you click on it, you will list of available WiFi connections.
Select your SSID and try to join. Enter the correct security key and you are done. It is very simple.
Common error on MAC:
Error joining airport: If you are using WEP security type on the router then you will need to add $ sign to your security key. Lets consider, the WEP key is 1234567890. While joining Airport, enter the WEP key along with $ sign like $1234567890 . Or you can change the security mode to WPA on the router.
I know that I have not explained all the troubleshooting steps and errors because there is a lot of information about networking and I don’t want to confuse you. However if you follow the simple steps to join Wi-Fi you will be able to get it working at the end.
If you have more than one wireless device in the network and only one computer or device is not working then it must be the issue with that particular device only. And if all the computers and devices are not working then it must be the issue with the router. You need to check the settings of the router. If your router is old then make sure that it is running on latest firmware.
I hope, I have tried to give you enough information about Wireless network connection on Windows and MAC computers.