How to Add a wireless network in Windows® 7
Windows 7 offers a medium to manage the wireless networks. The Windows 7 PCs can automatically detect all the available networks in its range. It provides an option to manually add a new wireless network. Sometimes, you wish to use the Windows 7 wireless network for which are currently out of range from the list in the Manage Wireless Networks window. In this case Windows 7 can automatically connect to your preferred when you do come in range.
Follow these steps for adding a new wireless network to the Manage Wireless Networks window :
STEP 1: Open the Network and Sharing Center window by clicking on Start, followed by Control Panel, View Network Status and Tasks.
STEP 2: In the next step, click on Manage Wireless Networks link which can be seen in the Navigation pane of the Network and Sharing Center window to open the Manage Wireless Networks window.
STEP 3: Now, you have to click on the Add button, which is shown on the extreme left of the Manage Wireless Networks Windows toolbar to open a dialog box asking How Do You Want to Add a Network?
STEP 4: Then, click on Manually Create a Network Profile option to open the dialog boxÂ which shows Manually Connect to a Wireless Network.
STEP 5: After it you have to enter the name of the wireless network in the Network Name text box.
STEP 6:If the wireless network is secure, then you have to select the type of security used like WEP, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA Personal, WPA2 Personal, or 802.11x, which can be seen in the Security type drop down list that consists of no authentication. Basically, WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy and WPAÂ for Wi-Fi Protected Access.
These are two security settings which are presently in use. From the two security settings, WEP has been used for a long time and is less reliable. Whereas, WPA2 is also known as 802.11i, is the latest version of WPA security for wireless networks. The home and small business wireless networks make use of WPA Personal settings.
STEP 7: If you opt for WPA2 Personal or WPA2 Enterprise as the Security Type and your wireless network makes use of TKIP instead of AES type encryption, then you have to click TKIP in the Encryption Type drop down list.
AES stands for Advanced Encryption Standard, a block type cipher which is adopted by the United States government. TKIP, a Temporary Key Integrity Protocol is an long used security protocol created to rectify deficiencies in the WEP security standard.
STEP 8: After this, click on the Security Key or the Passphrase text box and enter the security key or the passphrase that is assigned to the type of security and encryption used by your preferred wireless network.
The WEP security keys are generally from 5 to 13 case sensitive characters or they can range from 10 to 26 hexadecimal case sensitive characters; whereas, WPA and WPA2 security keys consists of 8 to 63 case sensitive characters. If you want to display the characters you type them in the Security Key or Passphrase text box. You have to select the Display Characters check box.
STEP 9: Click on the Next button. Then, the Windows operating system opens a edition of the Manually Connect to a Network dialog box which shows a Successfully Added message with a Connect To and Change Connection Settings option.
STEP 10: Select the Connect To option; if you now decide to get connected by making use of the new wireless connection, click the Change Connection Settings option for opening the Wireless Network Properties dialog box for the new connection, which will allow you to make modifications to the Connection or Security settings. Or, else you can click the Close button for reverting back to the Manage Wireless Networks button. As soon as you close the Manually Connect to a Wireless Network dialog box, Windows 7 operating system will show the name of the new wireless network connection at highest position in the list in the Manage Wireless Networks window. Now, you can make modifications in the order in which Windows 7 uses this connection by either dragging it down or downgrading it by clicking the Move Down button present on the toolbar.