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Connecting to a wireless home/office network

By Freeola Support on 14th July, 2016 | 0 Comment(s)

Welcome to the Freeola internet customer support pages. This guide is designed to help with setting up a wireless network with Freeola Broadband. For more internet help topics please visit our main Support Page.

 

Security advice


Freeola recommends using WPA 2 with AES over other security protocols such as WPA 1 and WEP. You should always use the latest protection available, however if your computers do not support WPA 2 then you may need to use a less secure method.

 

Although setting up your router's wireless settings is out of the scope of this article, wireless set up on routers generally ask what type of security you wish to use, if it has WPA 2, use it, and then it will ask what type of encryption you wish to use, set this to AES if available. This is currently the most effective way of securing a wireless network.

 

Select your operating system to jump to your specific guide


 
Connecting to a Wireless Network with Windows 8

 

  1. From the Start Screen, or Desktop, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and click Settings on the menu that is presented.

    Windows 8 Setting Icon

  2. On the page that loads, select the Wireless icon. If your device has wireless capabilities this should be displayed by a series of bars of increasing size.

    Windows 8 Wireless

  3. Select the network you wish to connect to and then click Connect.

  4. You will then be prompted for a Network Security Key, this will be either your WEP key or WPA password you defined within your wireless router's settings. If you did not configure your router please consult the person who did so.

  5. Click Next after entering the security code, when you will be asked about setting up sharing. You should chould whichever option you would like enabled.

    Windows 8 Wireless Sharing

  6. You should now be fully connected to your wireless network and able to start browsing. If you ever wish to check the status of your wireless connection, you can do so by following Steps 1 and 2 of this guide.

 
Connecting to a Wireless Network with Vista or Windows 7

 

  1. Go to Start, right click on Network and then click Properties to bring up the Network and Sharing Center.

    Vista Network and Sharing Centre

  2. As soon as the Network and Sharing Center window has loaded, click Connect to a network on the left hand side.

    Vista Wireless Networks

  3. Select the network you wish to connect to and then click Connect.

  4. You will then be prompted for a Security key or passphrase, this will be either your WEP key or WPA password you defined within your wireless router's settings. If you did not configure your router please consult the person who did so.

    Vista Wireless Security

  5. Click Connect again after entering the security code and you should then be told you have connected successfully.

  6. If you want to save the network and connect to it automatically make sure both options are ticked on the success screen.

    Wireless Options

 

Connecting to a Wireless Network with XP

 

  1. Firstly you will need to make sure your computer is compatible with WPA 2 if that is the wireless security you have chosen for your network. Details for this update can be found on the Microsoft website or by visiting this page. (external link)

  2. Go to Start, click Control Panel and then double-click Network Connections.

  3. Right click on Wireless Network Connection and then select View Available Wireless Networks.

    XP Wireless Networks

  4. Select the wireless network you wish to connect to and then click Connect.

  5. You should be prompted to enter your Security key/passphrase/network key, enter the key you chose and click OK.

    XP Wireless Security

Advanced


If your computer fails to connect to your wireless network you may need to configure the security settings more, to do so go back into Network Connections via Control Panel, right click on Wireless Network Connection and then select View Available Wireless Networks. Then click Change advanced settings, select your network from the Preferred networks list and click Properties
.

Wireless Properties


Ensure your Network Authentication is set to the appropriate setting along with Data encryption. Click OK to store these settings. If you are still experiencing issues give our Support Team a call on 01376 55 60 60.

 

Advanced Wireless Properties

 

Connecting to a Wireless Network with Mac OSX (10.5)

 

  1. Go to the Apple Menu, click System Preferences and then click the Network icon.

    OSX Networks

  2. If necessary, click the lock icon in the lower left to make changes.

  3. Click Turn AirPort On if it is currently off.

  4. Click the drop down list labelled Network Name: and select a wireless network in range.

  5. You should then be prompted for a password if your network is protected, enter the password and click Join.

    OSX Wireless Networks

Advanced


To further configure your wireless settings, or specifically set the security type and change a password you can click Advanced... button on the bottom right of the window, then select the wireless network from the list of preferred networks, and then click the pencil icon to edit the connection.

 

Mac Advanced Settings

 

You can use the Security: drop down list to select the security type and use the password field to change the password your computer will try to use when connecting to the network. Click Add"to update.


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