- 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
Automatic Reconnections to Wireless Networks
Windows 7 automatically reconnects to a saved wireless network when your computer is in range and if the network broadcasts its SSID. To determine if Windows 7 is connected to a wireless network, look at the wireless network icon in the notification area (Figure 6).
Figure 6 Wireless networks are available, but no connection has been made (A). A wireless connection is in use (B).
The number of bars in Figure 6b indicates the signal strength of the wireless connection. When you hover your mouse over the wireless connection icon, the name of the current wireless network connection appears (Figure 7).
Figure 7 Hover over the icon to see the name of the wireless network connection.