The purpose of these instructions is to help you configure your Windows computer and wireless network card to connect to a wireless router (or wireless access point; from now on, the terms "router" and "access point" will be used interchangeably).
These instructions assume that you have Internet access, such as Cruzio DSL, or that you are at a location with access, such as an Internet café; and that you will be connecting to a wireless router that has previously been installed and configured. If you need one, you can purchase a wireless router online or at the Cruzio store.
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You should now be connected wirelessly to the Internet.
If there are no security measures on the router, Windows may have already connected to it. You can check this by mousing over the Wireless Network Connection icon in the System Tray. If it shows the network name and signal strength, you are now connected wirelessly.
If it does not:
In the next window, select the desired network by name (If Cruzio configured the router for your network, we will have provided you with your network name, or SSID) and click Connect.
If the Connect button is grayed out, you may have to first check the box that says "Connect to this unsecured network."
Often, rebooting the router will get things working again. Pull the power out of the router, wait for five seconds, and plug it back in. You may want to reboot your computer, or take out your wireless PC card and put it back in.
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