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Chapter 22. Setting Up a Small Network > Connecting to a Wireless Network

Connecting to a Wireless Network

With your wireless network adapters installed and your wireless gateway or access point configured, you’re ready to connect to your wireless network. This gives you access to the network’s resources, as well as to the Internet, if you have a wireless gateway. Again, Vista doesn’t establish the initial connection to a wireless network automatically. This is mostly a security concern because a password or security key protects most wireless networks. However, it’s also usually the case (particularly in dense urban neighborhoods) that Vista might detect multiple wireless networks within range, so it’s up to you to specify which network you want to connect to. Fortunately, you can configure Vista to remember a wireless network’s settings and automatically connect you the next time the network is in range. So, in most cases, you need to run through the connection procedure only once.

Here are the steps to follow to connect to a wireless network:


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