Monday, November 26, 2012

Network Connectivity in Windows 7

Windows 7 is one of the most popular platforms in the market. This OS, with a lot of new features and utilities, belongs to the Windows platform series from the Redmond Software giant Microsoft.
Connecting to a Network

Almost all the computers in the current market come inbuilt with both wireless and Ethernet connectivity. For Ethernet connectivity, a LAN Adapter is required and for Wireless Connectivity, a Wireless Network card is required. You can check your system support for connectivity by accessing the Device Manager. What you have to do is, right click on My Computer and click on the Manage option. Click on the Device Manager link located on the left pane of the window. You can see a list of the devices connected to the system. Now click on the + near Network Adapters link to expand it. In that you can see the network adapters your system has. Windows 7 Help center will be useful in locating the adapters, if you are facing any trouble locating it.
If you navigate to the Network and Sharing Center, you can find a lot of options related to networking, including System Security and Firewall options. For you, connecting to a Network in Windows 7 is very simple with the help of the instructions given below.

For LAN networks

1. Make sure you have connected the LAN cable to your system. Most of the routers will be working on Auto IP switching. In that case, you don’t have to change Local Area Connection Adapter settings.
2. In case a manual configuration is required, navigate to Network and Sharing Center. In the left pane of the window, click on the Change Adapter settings. Now right click on the icon named Local Area Network Connection and click on properties in the drop down menu. In the List given there, click on the IPV4 or IPV6 configuration depending on the communication method the router is set to work. Enter the IP address, Default Gateway, Subnet Mask and DNS Server address; service provider should have given you these details. Press OK and you are done.

For Wireless Networks

1. You have to click on the Connect button on the found network and enter the security pin to connect to a wireless network.
2. All the other Wireless Adapter settings can be changed the same way as for the LAN adapter.

Windows 7 Help forums have detailed articles on Wireless and Wired Connectivity in Windows. Check them out for more info.

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