the SSID to connect new devices to the network. Write down the SSID and store it in a secure
place before closing the network.
Connecting to a WLAN
To connect to the WLAN, follow these steps:
Be sure that the WLAN device is on. If it is on, the wireless light is blue. If the wireless light is amber,
slide the wireless switch.
Select Start > Connect to.
Select your WLAN from the list, and then type the network security key, if required.
If the network is unsecured, meaning that anyone can access the network, a warning is
displayed. Click Connect Anyway to accept the warning and complete the connection.
If the network is a security-enabled WLAN, you are prompted to enter a network security key,
which is a security code. Type the code, and then click Connect to complete the connection.
network. A list of options is displayed. You can choose to manually search for and connect to a
network or to create a new network connection.
After the connection is made, place the mouse pointer over the wireless network connection icon
in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, to verify the name, speed, strength, and status
of the connection.
The functional range (how far your wireless signals travel) depends on WLAN implementation,
router manufacturer, and interference from other electronic devices or structural barriers such as walls
More information about using a WLAN is available through the following resources:
Information from your ISP and the user guides included with your wireless router and other WLAN
Information and Web site links provided in Help and Support
For a list of public WLANs near you, contact your ISP or search the Web. Web sites that list public
WLANs include Cisco Internet Mobile Office Wireless Locations, Hotspotlist, and Geektools. Check with
each public WLAN location for cost and connection requirements.
Roaming to another network
When you move your device within range of another WLAN, Windows attempts to connect to that
network. If the attempt is successful, your device is automatically connected to the new network. If
Windows does not recognize the new network, follow the same procedure you used initially to connect
to your WLAN.
Using HP Mobile Broadband (select models only)
HP Mobile Broadband uses wireless wide area networks (WWANs) to access the Internet from more
places and over larger areas than is possible by using WLANs. Using HP Mobile Broadband requires
If your network is closed and the SSID is not broadcast, you will need to know or remember
If no WLANs are listed, you are out of range of a wireless router or access point.
If you do not see the network you want to connect to, click Set up a connection or
Connecting to a wireless network