Adding Wi-Fi® Network in Windows® 7
Are you running your computer on Windows 7 and want to add Wi-Fi? Here are some tips.
Wireless Internet has become very popular in the recent past. Wi-Fi or wireless Internet connectivity provides users with freedom to move around with their systems. This will come in very handy for users who have to stay online for long hours at a stretch. Windows 7 is the latest operating system from Microsoft and it comes with many advanced features. Windows 7 operating system has excellent network capabilities. It comes with a two-way firewall and Windows Defender security application to protect the system from malware when the system is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Modern day Wi-Fi technology has evolved so much that it is capable of supporting very fast data transfer rates. Adding a Wi-Fi network to your Windows 7 system is very easy and even users with minimal computer knowhow will be able to do the task. Users can make use of the 'Network and Internet Connections' section in the 'Control Panel' and add the Wi-Fi network. In order to add or set-up a Wi-Fi network on Windows 7, your system must have a wireless network card and the system must also have the wireless drivers installed.
Here we will focus on the tips to add Wi-Fi network in Windows 7:
- Secure the connection
- Turn off SSID
- Turn on the firewall
Secure the connection
While adding Wi-Fi connection to your Windows 7 system, it is highly recommended that you secure the connection with a password. As there are no wires or cables connecting the system to the network, any one with Wi-Fi enabled device will be able to hack into the network and infect your Windows 7 system with a malware. Securing the Wi-Fi is very easy and users can either do it with the option on the router itself or with the security option of wireless network properties.
Turn off SSID
The SSID of your Windows 7 Wi-Fi connection will be in default values. SSID broadcasting will make your Wi-Fi connection visible to anyone with a wireless device. Turning off the SSID broadcast ensures that the Wi-Fi connection is always secure and that hackers will not be able to view the connection.
Windows 7 has a two-way firewall that protects the system from all kinds of malicious threats. So, you are suggested to ensure that the firewall of the system is always turned on so that system will be always well protected from malware infections. It is also advised that users install a security software program with real-time protection so that even if some malware are coming into the system via the Wi-Fi, they will be blocked at the initial stage.
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