Laptop Wireless Setup

Laptop wireless networking security includes the router and the wireless adapter card. The router, or the modem in some instances, is the actual server which hands out IP addresses and provides the wireless signal for your laptop.

The wireless adapter is usually inside the laptop and has the ability to receive both the IP address and the wireless signal from the router.

There are three main setting changes which you should make to the default settings when setting up a wireless network while adding security to it. Be sure to connect with an Ethernet cable going to the router before you access the router because you will not be able to access the wireless network until you have set all of the proper settings on both the laptop and the router.

The first thing you should setup is the SSID which stands for Service Set Identifier and is really just another phrase for the name of your wireless network. You can set all of these settings up in your router interface accessed through your web browser.

Second you should set the encryption type. This is sometimes disabled by default and is where the most important security settings are setup. If you do not have encryption on your wireless network then other people could, and likely will steal your bandwidth and even worse. You should find the ability to select WEP, WPA, or WPA2 encryption types. WEP is actually the weakest and WPA2 is the strongest encryption security in this selection.

When you have set your security settings inside your router you will then need to go ahead and create a key in order to establish the settings you have made. The key, when provided, will allow other laptops access into your wireless network. Be sure to save your settings before you close out of the router.

On your laptop you will now open up the wireless client manager, Windows has a good one already built-in for example, and select create a new network. Simply follow the prompts and you should enter the exact same information which you just entered into the router which was the SSID, the encryption type, and the encryption key.

Once you have done this save your settings and select the option to always connect to this network automatically so you won’t have to enter the security key every time you turn your laptop on. This is really all that you need to setup on your laptop wireless adapter, which is also known as a wireless laptop card.

You can now select connect or you can choose to view all available networks. Now you should see your SSID being broadcast, network name, and you can then click on it to connect to it. Now you have the ability to access your wireless network in a secure fashion.

If you have an older laptop you might want to read this How do I make my Laptop Wireless.