- Discovering Wireless Networks
- Connecting to an Unsecured Wireless Network
- Connecting to a Secured Wireless Network
- Automatic Reconnections to Wireless Networks
- Connecting to Wireless Networks with Hidden SSIDs
- Opening a Website to Complete the Connection
- Managing Wireless Connections
- Viewing Properties and Setting Up Internet Connection Sharing
- Disconnecting from a Wireless Connection
Connecting to a Secured Wireless Network
You can also connect to a secured (encrypted) wireless network from the notification area. Here's how:
- Open the list of available wireless networks (refer to Figure 1).
- Click a secured connection (these networks are not marked with the gold Windows security shield).
- To save the connection for future use, click the empty Connect Automatically checkbox.
- Click Connect to start the connection process.
- Enter the network security key (WPA, WPA2, or WEP encryption key) when prompted. By default, you can see the characters when you type (Figure 5a). Click the Hide Characters checkbox to hide the characters for greater security (Figure 5b).
- After you connect to an secured network, select Home or Work network to configure the Windows Firewall as is appropriate for the network type (refer to Figure 4). If you want to set up or join a homegroup, use Home Network as the network type.
Figure 5 Entering the network security key in open text (A) and with text hidden (B).