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Windows® 7 laptop won’t connect to a wireless network

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Why at times the Windows 7 laptop is unable to connect to a wireless network? How can the problem be resolved?

A growing number of people use notebooks, laptops, and net books instead of desktop computers. As a result, there is a growing number of wireless networks. Windows 7 gives all you all that you need to connect to wireless networks effortlessly. On Windows 7, to setup a wireless profile manually, first you have to go to the wireless bar at the right hand side of the system bar and click on the wireless bar to get a wireless window. Then click on ‘Open Network and Sharing Center’ to open the control panel network management utility. Now click on ‘Manage wireless networks’ to reach the wireless network utility and click on Add. A wireless wizard will then open up and after that click on ‘manually create a network profile’. You have to then enter the wireless access point on the next window and enter your settings accordingly to set up the wireless profile.

Tips to solve issues while setting up a wireless connection in a laptop with Windows 7 Operating System are mentioned below:

  • Secure your wireless network
  • Disable IPv6
  • Proper positioning of router

Secure your wireless network

If your network is not properly protected, people might be able to access the information stored on your network computers and use your Internet connection to browse the web. Most of the router manufacturers give a default network name as well as a default user name and password on the router. Somebody might use this information to access your router illegally. To stay clear from such threats, you should change the default user name and password for your router. Also you should check the information that came with your device via a step-by-step process. Wireless networks also have a network security key that can facilitate you to protect them from illegal access.

Disable IPv6

IPv6 is a necessary section for several of Windows 7s networking functions, like HomeGroups, but it shall cause issues as well. So, re-enable the wireless card, access the Wireless Network Connection dialog box, and disable IPv6 in your system. After that you should disconnect the Ethernet cable, reset the wireless router and the DSL modem, and then restart your Windows 7. In a few minutes, Windows 7 will establish a wireless connection and enabling you to connect to the network.

Proper positioning of router

If you place your wireless router at a point where it can receive the strongest signal with little interference, the connection will not be disrupted easily. If you have fewer physical obstructions between your laptop and the router’s signal, then it is possible to get the router’s full signal strength. If you get a call on a cordless phone or turn on the microwave, your wireless signal might be interrupted at that time. You can avoid such issues by keeping these kinds of electronic appliances far from the router.

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