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 on. If the wireless light is off,
press the wireless button.
Select Start > Connect to.
Select your wireless network listing, and then type the network security key, if required.
network. A list of options will appear that includes manually searching for and connecting to a
network, as well as creating a new network 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 guide 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.
For additional information on connecting your computer to a corporate WLAN, contact your network
administrator or IT department.
Using wireless security features
When you set up a WLAN or access an existing WLAN, always enable security features to protect your
network from unauthorized access. The most common security levels are Wi-Fi Protected Access
(WPA)-Personal and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).
When setting up a network, use one or more of the following security measures:
Enable WPA-Personal or WEP security encryption on the router.
Change the default network name (SSID) and password.
Use a firewall.
Set security on your Web browser.
For more information about WLAN security, see the HP Web site at
On some models, the wireless light is amber when all wireless devices are off.
If you do not see the network you want to connect to, click Set up a connection or
Connecting to a WLAN