Are You Ready For Wireless?
You might ask the question. How do I know
if I'm already wireless enabled on my laptop? or Do I have wireless networking already installed on
my laptop? The answer is easy to find out. Simply perform the following steps on your laptop
if you have a Windows Microsoft OS operating system installed on your computer. Most people do, if
you do not have a MAC laptop. Ok, lets get started.
- Turn on your laptop computer and let it boot up. Unless it is
- Bottom left corner of your Windows desktop screen, click on
your Start menu.
- Click on Settings.
- Click on Network Connections.
- A new Microsoft Window will appear called Network Connections.
This is where you will see all of your network connections that you have installed on your laptop computer.
When you have a physical hardware network card installed for both wired and wireless connections they will show
- If you do not see two (2) network connections here, you may
not have wireless capabilities on your laptop computer.
- If you see two (2) network connections, then make sure both
have the Status set to enable. To do this simply right click on the network connection and click on enable. If
they will not go to enable status then further trouble shooting will be require. More on trouble shooting
network connections later.
- If you see two (2) network connections and both are enabled
you are in good shape. There is an excellent chance that you have all the hardware needed to go wireless with
your laptop computer except for the wireless ISP network itself. A wireless ISP network like at Starbucks
coffee shop is an excellent place for free surfing. Or set up a wireless network at home with your own ISP
network provider, like your TV cable company.
The next thing on the list of things to
do, if you want to have wireless internet access at home or
in your dorm room, is to set up a wireless Internet router. See Wireless Routers on my navigation