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How to connect to your wireless network - Windows XP

Summary: Step by step instructions showing how to connect to a wireless network using Windows XP.

This guide will show you how to connect a Windows XP 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).

Wifi details
  1. Right click on the Wireless Connection icon at the bottom right side of your screen and select View Available Wireless Networks from the list.

    Right click on the wireless network icon and select View Available Wireless Networks.
  2. In a new window, 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.

    Select your network and click Connect.
  3. You'll be asked for the Network Key. This is the Wireless key (or WPA-PSK key) shown on the bottom of your router. Enter the key in both boxes and click Connect.

    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
    Enter your wireless key.
  4. 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. Hover your mouse over it to see details of the current status.

If you want to check your connection, the wireless icon at the bottom right side of your screen shows what's going on. Hover your mouse over it to see details of the current status.

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This page last updated 4th July 2011

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