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Connecting to an Unsecured Wireless Network

If you travel frequently, you will probably encounter lots of unsecured wireless networks. Here's how to connect to them and save those connections for reuse.

To connect to an unsecured wireless network:

  1. Open the list of available wireless networks (refer to Figure 1).
  2. Click an unsecured connection (refer to Figure 1).
  3. To save the connection for future use, click the empty Connect Automatically checkbox (Figure 3a).
  4. Click Connect to make the connection (Figure 3b).
  5. Figure 3 Saving an unsecured connection for reuse (A) and connecting with the unsecured network (B).

  6. After you connect to an unsecured network, select Public Network as the network type. By selecting Public Network (Figure 4), you are configuring Windows Firewall to close network shares on your computer and help prevent unauthorized access.

Figure 4 Selecting Public Network provides maximum security for an unsecured wireless connection.

If you save the connection (Step 3), Windows 7 will automatically make the connection whenever your system detects the network again.

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