Setting up a wireless router with Windows 7 can prove difficult, particularly if you are using a device with older encryption methods or an inability to understand IPv6.
Why Won’t Windows 7 Connect to My Wireless Router?
Setting up a wireless network connection in Windows 7 should be a quick and easy process, and for many people it is. However for those of you with older routers or devices based on older hardware then you might find that Windows 7 and your router have no interest in communicating at all.
Various hardware and security specifications are required of a wireless router for Windows 7 to be able to connect to it, and if your router doesn’t meet these then connecting with Windows 7 will not be possible until you purchase a new router.
Hardware and Network Requirements
Strictly speaking, all you should need to get your computer online with a wireless router is some sort of wireless card or USB dongle and a wireless router; at least, that’s all you needed under Windows XP.
However several older routers are unable to handle the IPv6 system (the new method of dealing with IP addresses that is set to be introduced in late 2011) and this can result in problems with them accepting connections from your computer.
Therefore what you need is a fully functioning wireless network card (you should be able to tell its working as it will detect other networks) and a wireless router that supports modern connection methods and is forward compatible with any planned changes that might occur such as IPv6.
Quick WiFi Setup for Windows 7
A wireless internet connection should be available with the minimum of fuss in Windows 7 – basically all you should need to do is switch on your wireless router and wait for your PC to detect the connection.
Once this has been done you should see a notice on your Windows desktop informing you that a new wireless network has been found. All you need to do is click into this box to expand it and select the network that you want, clicking Connect to begin entering the network passkey.
And that should be it! Your router and Windows will then form a relationship, with an IP address assigned to your computer and the Windows 7 Wi-Fi setup will be complete.
Alternatives to Wireless Networking
If your router is simply too old to use with Windows 7, have several options. For example, if you contact your ISP and see if they able you a newer model supplies at a discount, or perhaps are free. Consider the router manufacturer or a search to find upgraded of router firmware extension must connect to it could offer. Alternatively you could decide, using the Ethernet cable connection from you PC or laptop and router.
Although not so flexible that a stronger network connectivity to ensure and laptop users could consider plugging the cable just a docking-station in. It is also always the mobile Internet solution – some ISPs and mobile networks offer USB and PCMCIA / Express card that allow you to connect their 3 g although this becomes available at an additional cost mobile Internet connection.
However, if you have a phone with mobile Internet, it can be connected to your PC or laptop with a USB cable (or in some cases via Wi-Fi) – whether you use a BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Android or iPhone, you it should be possible.