Create a Wireless Network connection in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

You can use this procedure to create a connection to a wireless network.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure.

  1. Click the Network icon in the task bar notification area. The Connections are available dialog box opens.

  2. In Connections are available, ensure that Wireless Network Connection is expanded to reveal the list of available wireless networks. Click the name of the wireless network to which you want to connect. For example, if you want to connect to the Example wireless network, click Example. Click Connect. Depending on whether the wireless network is a secure or unsecured network:

    • If you are connecting to an unsecured network, the connection succeeds and you can begin to use the wireless network.

    • If you are connecting to a secured network where a security key is required, the Connect to a network dialog box opens. In Connect to a network, in Security key, type the security key, and then press ENTER.

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