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HP Notebook PCs - How to Configure a Wireless Connection in Microsoft Vista

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Following are the steps to configure a wireless connection in Vista.
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1. Click on the Start button and select Connect To from the menu on the right to display the Connect to a network dialog box.
2. The list of available networks will depend on the types of wireless networks detected, such as infrastructure mode or ad hoc mode networks. If you do not see your network in the list, or if no networks can be found, Vista displays Windows cannot find any networks, then your Wi-Fi router may be set for non-broadcast mode.
If this is the case, select Setup a connection or network.
3. On the Choose a connection option page, six options are available. Select the Manually connect to a wireless network option, then click Next.
4. The Wizard displays the following:
5. Enter the Network Name (SSID).
6. Security type (used to authenticate a connection to a wireless network).
Choices are dependent on the capabilities of your wireless network adapter:
7. Encryption Type (enabled if using WPA or WPA2, select either AES or TKIP).
8. Security Key/Passphrase (check Display Characters to view characters/numbers being typed).
9. Check Start this connection automatically (tells Vista to automatically connect to this wireless network.
10. Check Connect even if this network is not broadcasting, Click Next.
11. At the next screen click on Connect to…
12. You have now successfully connected to your Wireless network (click Cancel to close).
You should see your connection in the System Tray (double monitor icon). When your mouse cursor is over the connection, it will display your current connection. Right clicking the connection and selecting properties will allow you to select different options such as the Network and Sharing Center.
The Network and Sharing Center is the nerve center for you networking tasks. From here you can view all network connection information and make any changes when needed.

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