Use this tutorial to configure your Windows 7 wireless adapter and connect to your wireless network.
This configuration is pretty easy and very similar to the Windows Vista wireless network adapter tutorial.
Most laptops bring a built-in wireless adapter. In case that your computer did not, then you can buy a USB wireless adapter which can be used with your desktop as well as a laptop.
Before you can connect to your home wireless network, you will need to verify that the wireless network adapter driver is installed correctly. In Windows 7, your wireless network adapter usually will install automatically, but in case it does not, then go to the manufacturer's website to download the latest driver.
How to Check the Wireless Adapter Driver Status in Windows 7. (In case it is not working properly)
If you want your Windows 7 machine to connect to your home wireless network without any issues then you need to ensure that it has a valid IP address as well as a subnet mask, default gateway and the correct DNS settings.
If your router is configured with DHCP, then set your Windows 7 wireless adapter TCP/IP settings to Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically.
You have two choices on how to connect to your home wireless network.
I rather use the Windows built-in utility.
It is very easy to connect to a wireless network in Windows 7. Once you connect to a wireless network, Windows 7 will allow you to save the wireless network profile and your computer will connect automatically next time you turn your computer on.
You can either use:
After you connect your computer to your home wireless network then you can choose a network location type which will automatically set the appropriate firewall and security settings.
To learn more about which network location type is right for your situation, then check out this page on network location type.
Your wireless network setup is almost done. Windows 7 networking is easy. Now that you are connected to a wireless network, you can assign a computer name and join a workgroup. This will allow you to identify all computers on the network and start sharing files and folders.
Use this tutorial on how to change the computer name and workgroup.
Follow this tutorial on how to set up simple file sharing.
Use password protected file sharing to ensure a safer way of sharing files and printers.
Your wireless network setup for your Windows 7 wireless adapter is done....
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