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Wireless How To

STEP ONE:

Update your systems wireless driver & Access Connections

Download and install the LATEST version of your wireless driver and Access Connections.

Access Connections can be installed from these links:

Access Connections for XP

Access Connections for Vista.

You can download the updated driver and access connections directly from our Support Web site

STEP TWO:

Connect your wireless router

A Wireless Router converts the signals coming across your Internet connection into a wireless broadcast, sort of like a cordless phone.

NOTE: Be sure you get a wireless router and not a wireless access point. A router acts like a traffic cop that shares your single Internet connection to multiple users. An access point is like a bridge that allows you to cross from an existing wired network to a wireless one. It does NOT share a single Internet connection.

We have included some very basic instructions below. Please see your manufacturer's user guide for complete instructions on how to connect your router.

  1. Make sure that you print these instructions before you continue. Once you start this process you will be disconnected from the Internet.
  2. Unplug your Cable Modem or DSL modem to turn it off.
  3. Connect your wireless router to your modem. To connect your router to your modem:
    • If you currently have a computer connected directly to your modem: Unplug the network cable from the back of your computer, and plug it into the port labeled Internet, WAN, or WLAN on the back of your router.
      unplug network cable
    • If you don't currently have a computer connected to the Internet: Plug one end of a network cable (included with your router) into your modem, and the other end of the network cable into the Internet, WAN, or WLAN port on your wireless router.
      plug network cable
  4. Plug in your Cable/DSL Modem and turn it on. Make sure that the power lights come on before moving to the next step.
  5. Plug in your router. After a minute or two, the Internet, WAN, or WLAN light on your router should light up, indicating that it has successfully connected to your modem.

STEP THREE

Configure your wireless router

There are many different manufacturers of Wireless Routers and many more different configuration methods. Lenovo recommends that you refer to your Users Guide or Quick Installation guide that came with your wireless router to configure it. If your Router did not come with a User's guide see the Manufacturers Support site for configuration instructions.

In order to setup a wireless profile you will need to write down the following information from your Router as you follow the manufacturer's instructions:

SSID (Network name): ________________________________
Wireless Authentication (WEP, WPA, WPA2): _________________________________
Data Encryption: _________________________________
Wireless Key/Passcode: _________________________________

STEP FOUR:

Create a wireless profile

Lenovo recommends that you use Access Connections to configure and manage your Wireless connection. If you would prefer to use Windows instead you will need to uninstall Access Connections and use the following Microsoft documents to do so:

For Windows XP Systems
For Windows Vista Systems

NOTE: Not all systems will work with Access Connections. For a list of all supported Systems you can check our Access Connections page.

A location profile defines all of the settings required to establish a connection to a given network, along with other settings that are location-specific, such as the default printer and the browser settings. Access Connections provides a profile wizard that helps you create location profiles for networks of different types.

To create a new location profile, do the following:

  1. Start Access Connections.
    access connection launch
  2. . If this is your first time opening Access Connections, the following screen is displayed. Click on Create. access connection home

    If you already have a profile established you will see a screen like this: connection manager
  3. Once you clicked on the Create button the profile wizard will start.
    new profile
  4. Type the profile name. It may be the physical location of the network or any other easily recognizable name. You can also select a location icon that Access Connections that shows for home, office, airport, hotspot, hotel , train, or meeting area.
    new profile 1
  5. Select the type of network connection. You can select any of the types listed on the screen below:
    new profile 2

    For detailed explanations on each option listed see the Access Connections Users Guide.
  6. Choose the "Best Available Network" This will automatically choose wired or wireless depending on what your connected to.new profile 3
  7. For additional security select Disconnect from the network and power off any wireless radio associated with this profile when switching to a different location.

  8. Click Next.
  9. Enter your wireless network configuration; then click Next.
    ssid

    The following steps will require the information that we asked you to write down in Step Three when you setup your wireless router.
  10. Enter the name of the wireless network to which you are attempting to connect. (The network name is also known as the SSID.) To scan for wireless networks within range of your computer and display the names of those being broadcasted by access points, click Find Network. To connect to any available non-secured (open) wireless network that is in range, leave the SSID field blank.
  11. Next, select Infrastructure as the connection type.
  12. Select either Auto, 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11a for Wireless Mode. This setting is available only if the installed adapter is compatible with different standards. If you select Auto, the adapter will automatically run in the mode that is compatible with in-range access points. If you set the same mode as on the in-range access point, the connection will be established faster. If you select a speed other than Auto it will only connect to that type of a connection. NOTE: If you are unsure of what option to select use Auto.

  13. Select one of the wireless security types, listed in the figure: This is the authentication type that you setup on your wireless router. wireless networks

    If you have selected an authentication type you must click on the properties button to enter your settings. If you select WEP you will see the following: wep settings

    The following screen will appear if you select WPA:
    wpa settings

    Enter the encryption and key information you wrote down from setting up your wireless router and click OK.
  14. Click Next
  15. On the following screen you can configure these settings as you prefer or leave the defaults.
    network security
  16. Click Finish
  17. A Window will appear asking if you wish to apply this profile. Click Yes
    apply profile


    Congratulations! You just setup your wireless profile using Access Connections and are now ready to connect your system to the wireless network.

STEP FIVE:

Connect to the Wireless LAN

To connect to a network, choose and apply its location profile. You can connect or switch between existing location profiles from the main window, the on-screen menu that is displayed after pressing Fn+F5, or the system tray icon.

To connect from the main window, select the location profile, that matches where you are from the Locations pull-down menu, and then click Connect. connection manager 1

To connect from the on-screen menu, do the following:

  1. Press and hold the Fn key on your keyboard, and then press F5. Release both keys.
  2. The on-screen menu is displayed. Click the Location Profiles tab.
    find wireless networks
  3. Select the location profile that matches where you are.

To connect from the system tray icon, click the Access Connections icon in the system tray; then select the location profile that matches where you are. wireless networks 1

STEP SIX:

Test the Connection

Check the status of your connection by first checking the Access Connections tray Icon.

Access Connections provides two task tray icons. One is for general connection status; the other is for either wireless LAN or wireless WAN detailed status.

Icons for the status of Access Connections:

No location profile is active, or none exists.
no connection
The current location profile is disconnected
not connected
The current location profile is connected.
connected
Peer to Peer Community is active.
peer to peer

Icons for status of wireless LAN:

Power to the wireless radio is off.
signal no
Power to the wireless radio is on. The signal strength of the wireless connection is excellent
signal good
Power to the wireless radio is on. The signal strength of the wireless connection is low.
signal med
Power to the wireless radio is on. The signal strength of the wireless connection is poor. To improve signal strength, move your system closer to the wireless access point.
signal low

Positioning of your wireless router is very important to your network speed. Since the signals are transmitted over the air your network signal can be affected by thick walls, metal, and other interference. For guidance in where to put your wireless router see: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/moredone/wirelesstips.mspx

Next, Test your wireless connection by opening a web page in Internet Explorer.

Is your wireless connection still not working? Try the troubleshooting steps as directed on support site here.

Additional Information

Please click on the link below to download the instructions in PDF format.

Wireless How To.pdf

 



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