How to wirelessly connect to a clear modem?
Question by Jonadinho S: How to wirelessly connect to a clear modem?
The Clearwire Modem, It’s connected to my desktop but I want to use it wirelessly with my Laptop…and I have no clue how to do that.
Answer by Nehpets
I’ve never used Clearwire before but I took a look at their website and it looks to me like the device you have (mostly black box that plugs into your PC/Lap top and power) is just a modem with no networking capabilities. In order for a wireless network to function you need to have what is called a wireless access point (typically a router). You would connect your Clearwire modem to the router (one of the ethernet ports on the router should be marked “modem” or “uplink” see instructions for specifics), then connect your computer(s) to that device earthier by ethernet (cord) or via wireless.
You can pick up a router from most retailers that carry computers. Best Buy, Wal Mart, Target, Frys Electronics…
The way you connect to a wireless networks varies slightly from computer to computer depending on the brand and the OS (Operating System) your using. Here are some quick instructions for Windows Vista and maybe Windows 7 (Havn’t used Win 7 yet, so I don’t know if the processes is different)
Click Start (The orb button at the bottom left, you may need to move your mouse there to see it)
Click “Connect To” on the right hand side of the menu that opens up
You should now have a window with a list of networks, if it says there are no networks try flipping that switch and clicking the refresh button at the top right of the window where the list should be (looks like two arrows forming a circle)
Find your wireless network. As long as your computer is able to see the network you should see it listed.
Click your network so that it is selected, then click “connect” at the bottom (or alternatively double click on your network in the list)
If you network is encrypted you will be promoted to enter the encryption key Enter it and click earthier “OK” or “Connect” if prompted.
It should take a moment and if everything is ok you should get a message saying you connected. Be sure both the “Save Network” and “Connect Automatically” check boxes are checked, this will ensure your laptop remembers the connection information for future connections.
Whatever device you get to act as your router should have directions on how to connect to it if that doesn’t work. You’ll also need to ensure that you lap top has a wireless network adapter built into it (most lap tops have this built in, typically desktop computers do not), if it does not you’ll have to purchase one. I would suggest a USB Wireless Network Adapter 802.11g as they’re the eaisest to install.
Hope that helps
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