This article focuses on how a user can set up a wireless
connection using a Wi-Fi network. The article shows the steps to be followed in order to set up a wireless configuration, for a range of different brands of laptop computers including Acer, DELL, Sony Vaio etc.
Wireless internet SSID and other factors associated with Wi-Fi such as WEP and Wireless channel selection are explained here.
This article explains how to set up a wireless connection on your system through a Wi-Fi network. It also deals with the SSID, the Service Set Identifier, which is set manually through the client network settings. APs, or Access points, and WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) are also described. The article also provides information on different brands such as Acer, DELL, Compaq, Sony Vaio and many more.
The first step for configuration is to determine what SSID, Channel, Mode and WEP you are using.
What is SSID?
SSID is the acronym for Service Set Identifier which is the name of your wireless LAN. It is made up of 32 alphanumeric characters. It can be set manually through your client network settings. Some wireless access points will automatically disable this feature in order to enhance their network security system.
Wireless Channel Selection
Access points, or APs, are used to automatically detect the channel selection. Your network can have various APs that will manage each channel selected and regulate their power. A wireless station will be load-balanced across the access points in order to enhance its bandwidth.
WEP is a short term for Wired Equivalent Privacy, which is a system of data encryption used in a wireless network in order to allow authorization control for a 802.11 wireless local area network.
How to set up your wireless connection
Nowadays, modern notebooks are built with wireless modems that have a wireless power system and an activation button found on the keyboard. This button will allow your laptop to connect or disconnect with your wireless modem. If you do not have your user manual to be able to identify this key, follow these instructions.
For Acer users
- For Aspire 16xx users: use button with a satellite symbol
- For Aspire 3005 users: button found on the lower right-hand side of your laptop
- For Aspire 5612 users: a sliding button found on the side of the laptop
- For Aspire 9302 uses: blue button on the left-hand side of the laptop
- For Aspire 94xx users: the button found below the lock key
For Asus users
- Press the F2 key and FN key at the same time
For DELL users
- Press the FN and F2 keys at the same time
For Compaq users
- Press and hold the button with an antenna symbol on the upper section of your keyboard
For Fujitsu Siemens
- You can either use the sliding Wireless button on the right-hand side of the laptop or use the FN and F2 keys at the same time. Some models have the ON/OFF wireless button just below the touchpad.
For Gericom users
- You can use the FN and F1 keys on a Cinema 16100 model.
For IBM users
- For T43 users, use the FN and F5 keys at the same time
- For DV series users, use the button with an antenna symbol found on the upper section of your keyboard.
- For ZD series users, use the button with an antenna symbol just below the lock key.
- Some models have the wireless slide button on the side of the laptop.
For Medion users
- Press the FN and F2 keys at the same time.
- Some models will require you to use the FN and F1 keys at the same time.
For MSI users
- Use the button with an antenna symbol close to the power switch
For Packard Bell users
- For Easynote W7730 users, use the wireless button with an antenna symbol on the side of the laptop.
- Easynote B3600 users can use the FN and F1 keys together to connect to the wireless network.
For Philips Users
- On a X54 model, use the button with an antenna symbol close to the power switch.
- Some models will require the use of the FN and F2 keys at the same time
For Samsung users
- Use the blue button in the middle section of your keyboard
For Sony Vaio
- Push the front slider/button marked WLAN
For Toshiba users
- Those using a A100-078 can use the sliding button on the right-hand side of the laptop
- M40 and M70 users can use the ON/OFF button with an antenna on it
- Those using a Qosmio can use the on/off button on the left side
- R200 users can use the ON/OFF button on the right flank near the screen
- P200 users can use the ON/OFF button at the front