Most laptop computer users have a few specific wireless networks that they connect with more often than others. One might be a home wireless network, for example, while another one might be in place at your office or place of business. You don’t have to manually tell your computer to connect to these networks each and every time you want to use the Internet. By changing one basic option in the Windows Control Panel you can tell your computer to automatically connect with a specific network whenever that network is detected. Changing this setting can end up saving you a lot of time in the long run.
Right click on the icon in your task bar that represents your computer’s wireless networking capabilities. This icon will be a series of five white bars, each one increasing in size as they go from the left side of your screen to the right. Select the option reading “Open Network and Sharing Center” from the menu on screen.
Click the option in the left column of the screen reading “Manage wireless networks.” Each wireless network that your computer has connected to over its lifespan is represented by its own icon in this window. Scroll through the window until you find the icon for the network you want your computer to automatically connect to. Note that these networks are labeled with their SSID rather than any type of a description.
Right click on the icon for the network you want to automatically connect to. Click “Properties” from the menu on screen.
Click inside the box reading “Connect automatically when this network is in range.” A check mark will appear inside the box.
Click the button labeled “OK” to close the properties window for your chosen wireless network. Click the “X” box in the corner of the window on screen to close out of the Network and Sharing Center. Your laptop computer will automatically connect to the network you have selected whenever you physically move within that network’s broadcasting range. You can repeat these steps to tell your computer to automatically connect to other wireless networks at your own discretion.
Once this is done you will be able to automatically connect to any network you have provided access for. This makes life a lot easier if you happen to travel a lot for work or are regularly connecting to networks in certain locations.
Sam Jones, the author, has been looking at new laptop reviews and was interested to find out how to connect to various networks easily.