This guide will show you how to connect a Windows 7 computer to a wireless router supplied by Plusnet. You should be able to use it with other wireless routers as long as you know the Wireless Name (SSID) and password of the network you're connecting to.
Know your wireless name (SSID) and password
On a Plusnet router, the wireless name (SSID) will start with PlusnetWireless and may have extra letters or numbers at the end, e.g. PlusnetWireless123456.
Your wireless password (also known as the wireless key or WPA PSK) is 10 characters long.
You'll find both printed on the bottom of your router and setup sticker (if included with your router).
Go to the bottom right side of your screen and left click on the Wireless connection icon.
You'll see a list of networks you can connect to. Find your router's Wireless name on the list (it'll start with PlusnetWireless) and click Connect.
You'll be asked for the network security key. This is the Wireless key (or WPA-PSK key) shown on the bottom of your router. Enter the key and click OK.
Having problems with this step?
- Your wireless key is case sensitive
- On Plusnet routers, each letter in your wireless key is a CAPITAL LETTER
- Watch out for 0, that's a number zero rather than a letter O
Next you'll be asked to choose a Location for your network. Choose the appropriate option by clicking on it.
You may be asked to Create a Homegroup (this is only needed if you want to use the Homegroup feature with other Windows 7 computers connected to your router).
- If you're not going to use the Homegroup feature (you can always set it up at a later date if you wish) click Cancel to finish the setup process
- Otherwise, follow the onscreen steps to set up your Homegroup and click Next
You're now connected to your wireless network. Open your web browser to start browsing!
If you want to check your connection, the wireless icon at the bottom right side of your screen shows what's going on. The bars indicate the signal strength and you can hover your mouse over the icon to see the name of the wireless network you're currently connected to.
This page last updated 4th July 2011