How to Set Up WiFi Network in Windows Vista

Setting up a wireless network connection in Windows Vista is no more difficult than in Windows XP, but it has some peculiarities that we must take into account.

Much of these features are directly related to security, because Windows Vista tends to keep the properties off the default network that could put at risk, and therefore we have to manually enable.

Let’s see what these particularities and how we can configure them:

Connecting to the router:

One of the problems we find is that our team does not automatically connect to a Wi-Fi connection, with what we have to connect manually every time you want to access the network.

  • This issue is easily configurable.
  • First, we access network, and within this window, Center Network and Sharing.
  • Within the Center Network and Sharing is that we see our WiFi connection. Click on the View status.
  • Within the window that shows, in addition to seeing the state of our network, we have a button that indicates wireless properties. What are we going to push and the next window

In the window that opens has two tabs. The first indicates Connection. Inside it are three options. For us, the most concern us is the first, which puts Connect automatically when this network is within range. Making sure it is checked.

This option also presents us to connect to the network for the first time, along with the option to remember the password, but although both are usually activated by default we may have been disabled.

In the second window, with the title Security, we find the options relating to the safety of the connection. It is important that we make sure to have good putting the password, the type of security, encryption type and the index of the key, because if you do not match those set in our router simply not going to be able to connect.

Takes to connect to the Internet:

In a WiFi network under Windows Vista, the time it takes your Internet connection is usually unavailable in something higher than when dealing with an Ethernet connection, and also higher than it takes to be available to connect to our network. If we want to speed up the Internet connection, in most cases simply open Internet Explorer. The simple request for this service accelerates its activation


WiFi devices, and especially connected to USB, often bringing their own Wi-Fi Connection manager. This manager is acting beyond one’s own Windows Vista, disabled.

Whenever work properly is preferable to use the manager of the adapter, but it can happen (and indeed is) that devices fully compatible with Windows Vista Manager Wifi connections of the device do not recognize:

This, in almost all cases, it also has an easy solution:

To do this, follow these steps to check this:

1 – Close Manager of tailored WiFi connections.

2 – Go to Device Manager and found that the adapter is installed correctly.

If you are not properly installed and misstated what we re-install, but if they tell us that it works properly left it as is.

3 – To make the Connection manager Wifi adapter does not run every time you start, run MSConfig and bring down the Windows Startup tab. Unlike what happens in Windows XP, so that changes take effect is not necessary to reboot the computer.

4 – If you put your mouse over the symbol of Networks in the notification area of the Taskbar you will see that tells us that wireless networks are available.

We click on the symbol and show us the options. We return to click on notice that wireless networks are available and we will display the information on those networks.

5 – We select our network and press the Connect button, which starts the connection process and, being a secure network, we will ask the encryption key (WEP. WPA, WPA2 or that we have established in our router). We must remember that this key must be put exactly the same as is in our router, on respecting all uppercase and lowercase, as this type of encryption does the difference.

Well, with this we have already established a connection to the router, and therefore, our computer within the network. The rest of network configuration will act the same as an Ethernet network since the only difference between a network and a WiFi network Ethernet is a way to connect. The rest (leave, shared resources and all that) is exactly the same. Furthermore, for you to have a quality connection to the wifi, it is important and advisable to use superboost wifi.

For more information on networks under Windows Vista can see the tutorial Configuration Center Network and Sharing Windows Vista. Also in our section of tutorials are available to other documents pertaining to the configuration of networks.

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