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How to Configure Your Windows 7 Wireless Adapter

Windows 7 Wireless Networking

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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.

Here is a quick tutorial on How to Install a Driver in Windows 7.

How to Check the Wireless Adapter Driver Status in Windows 7(In case it is not working properly) 

If you need a USB wireless adapter, check out the most popular ones at below....

1.) How to Configure Windows 7 TCP/IP Settings

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.

How to configure Windows 7 IP 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.

2.) Using WLAN AutoConfig service in Windows 7

You have two choices on how to connect to your home wireless network.

  • You can either use the manufacturer's wireless utility that came with your wireless network adapter 


  • You can use the built-in WLAN AutoConfig service in Windows 7.

I rather use the Windows built-in utility.

Click here for my tutorial on how to start the WLAN AutoConfig service in Windows 7

3.) Connect to a Wireless Network using Windows 7

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.

Windows 7 Home Networking settings

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.

Turn network discovery ON to ensure you can share files and printers.

Use password protected file sharing to ensure a safer way of sharing files and printers.

Learn how to share your printer on your home network.

Your wireless network setup for your Windows 7 wireless adapter is done....

Have Fun!

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