How to Get Wi-Fi Connection With Windows Vista

Information is moving at a rapid pace, and we all want to know the latest news. Wi-Fi makes that possible by allowing everyone to be connected at once. A wireless router allows multiple computers to share the same Internet connection at the same time [source: Schofield]. With a few simple devices and Windows Vista software, you can connect to the World Wide Web without a wire. Read the steps listed below and learn about how to get Wi-Fi connection.

Here's what you'll need:


  • Computer with Windows Vista
  • A broadband Internet connection
  • A wireless router

Here's what to do:

  1. Contact an Internet service provider and purchase a broadband or high-speed Internet connection. These are usually available for a monthly fee.
  2. Get a wireless router. Most Internet service providers will supply the wireless router. The router converts the Internet signals from your connection and broadcasts it into your computer. To install the router, follow the instructions provided by your Internet provider [source: Microsoft].
  3. Connect to the Internet by clicking on the Start button, located in the lower left corner of your screen.
  4. Select Control Panel from the menu that appears. A new menu will appear.
  5. Select Network and Internet from the list.
  6. Click on Network and Sharing Center.
  7. Click on Set up a connection or network.
  8. Click on Connect to the Internet [source: Microsoft].

If you're having problems connecting to the Internet, there are a few things you might want to try.

  • Right click on the connection icon, which is located on the bottom of your screen in the notification area. Choose Diagnose and repair from the menu to guide you through remedies for possible problems.
  • Try resetting the router by unplugging it from the electricity, waiting 10 seconds and then reconnecting to the Internet [source: Microsoft].