Windows® 7 wireless problems
Issues that can occur while setting up wireless connection in Windows 7 and tips to resolve them
A wireless network in your PC provides the ultimate in networking flexibility, and setting up one is easier than you might think. In Windows 7, to set-up a wireless profile manually, first go to the wireless bar at the right hand side of the system bar, then click on the wireless bar to get a wireless window. Click on 'Open Network and Sharing Center' to open the control panel network management utility. Click on 'Manage wireless networks' to open wireless network utility and click on 'Add'. A wireless wizard will come up and then click on 'manually create a network profile'. Enter the wireless access point on the next window and then enter your settings accordingly and it would set-up the wireless profile.
Tips to solve issues while setting wireless connections in Windows 7 operating system are mentioned below:
- Disabling IPv6
- Securing your wireless network
- Positioning the wireless router
IPv6 is a necessary component for several networking functions of Windows 7 like HomeGroups, but it can sometimes cause issues. So re-enable the wireless card, access the Wireless Network Connection dialog box, and disable IPv6. Then you should disconnect the Ethernet cable, reset the wireless router and the DSL modem, and restart Windows 7. You shall see that in few minutes, Windows 7 will establish a wireless connection and with no problems you will be able to connect to the Internet.
Securing your wireless network
If you do not secure your network, people might be able to access the information stored on your network computers and use your Internet connection. Most of the router manufacturers provide a default user name and password on the router as well as a default network name. Someone might use this information to access your router illegally. To keep away from that threat, change the default user name and password for your router. Also you may check the information that came with your device for instructions. Wireless networks also have a network security key that can help you to protect them from unauthorized access.
If you have placed your wireless router somewhere where it will receive the strongest signal with the least amount of interference you might not face much problems with the wireless networking set-up. If you have fewer physical obstructions between your computer and the router's signal, then the more likely that you can use the router's full signal strength. If you turn on the microwave or get a call on a cordless phone, your wireless signal might be interrupted in the mean time. You can avoid most of these issues by keeping such electronic appliances far from the router.