Wireless Internet & Printing – Part 2

Now that we know how wireless works, we need to take a look at the areas of the laptop that help us manage our wireless connection. We’ll look at the system tray and the control panel. It is important to understand these two elements of your computer’s operating system in order to know how to troubleshoot wireless problems.

The System Tray

The System Tray is located in the lower right of the computer screen, where the clock is. This is where you will find the wireless connection icon.

If wireless is working properly, you’ll see a wireless icon without an error symbol. Three common wireless symbols are pictured here, but you may see other symbols.

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If wireless is not working properly, the wireless icon will be displayed with an error icon, similar to the pictures below. Or you may not see an icon at all.

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No matter what icon you see, if you double-click on it, you will open the wireless connection window. If there is no wireless icon in the system tray, you will have to use the Control Panel.

Control Panel

The control panel is located in the Start menu at the lower left of the computer. This is where you go to perform administrative tasks like add or remove software, to adjust the date and time, to customize your keyboard, and manage wireless.

Once you have opened the control panel, look for Network Connections in the list.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Use the Start menu to find the Control Panel on your staff computer.

2. Go to Network Connections in the Control Panel. If your staff computer is a desktop, you probably won’t see a wireless connection.

3. You’re not finished yet! This is a four-part training. You must complete all four parts.

Go to Wireless Internet Part 3

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