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Connecting my Windows 7 PC

With every broadband and computer set up being different, below we have guides on different ways you can connect your Windows 7 PC.

Before trying to connect your computer or laptop, check to see if your router and computer are wireless capable. 

Check if your router is wireless

All of TalkTalk’s routers are now wireless-ready, so if you received your router from us in the last two years, you should have no problem. You can find out if your router is wireless ready on our supported devices and software page. If your router is’isn't wireless ready, then you’ll need to upgrade or connect to your router using an Ethernet cable or with Powerline adapters.

Check if your PC is wireless

Type Network into the text bar after clicking the Start button and select Network and Sharing Centre. This window lists all the types of connection you can have. If there is no Wireless option, your system does not have Wi-Fi.

Please select from the following guides

Connect using Wireless

 

Wireless connections give you the freedom to surf the internet and check email from anywhere in your home without the restriction of cables and wires. 

Laptop connected with Wi-Fi

To connect wirelessly (Wi-Fi) on Windows 7: 

  1. Click on the network icon on the Task Bar. This is usually found at the bottom right of your screen
  2. Select your Wireless Network Name from the list (if you cant see it make sure the WLAN light is lit up on the router, if it isn't click the WLAN button on side of router).
  3. Ensure you have ticked Connect automatically and then click Connect
  4. Now enter your Wireless Network Password (remember this is case sensitive) and click OK.

Remember: you can find your Wireless Network Name and Wireless Network Password on a sticker at the back of your router.

Now you’re ready to start exploring the internet wirelessly. If you have connected an Ethernet cable, you can unplug it.

 

 

 

 

Connect using an Ethernet cable

 

If your computer (desktop PC or laptop) is next to your router you may want to set up a wired connection. You can connect it using the Ethernet cable and this will offer slightly faster and more stable connections.

PC connected with an ethernet cable

Please note that the router may be different from your router at home, but the principle of connecting to the internet is exactly the same.

  1. Turn off your computer
  2. Plug one end of the yellow Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the side or back of your computer. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into any of the yellow ports on the back of your router. You should hear a click as they lock into place.
  3. Restart your computer and open any web browser. You should now be connected to the internet. 

 

 

 

Connect using Powerline adapters

 

If your router is some distance from your computer but on the same electrical circuit, you can use Powerline adapters to connect using your home wiring. Powerline adapters are available online at the TalkTalk Shop.

PC connected with Powerline adaptors

Our Powerline Adapters are securely paired to each other, and can be used straight out of the box. Just follow the simple steps below to set them up. We offer two different types of adapters, which are either black or white. Please note, if you are using the white Powerline Adapters you will not have an On/Off button.

  1. Turn off your computer.
  2. Plug one adapter into a socket close to your router.
  3. Connect one end of the yellow Ethernet cables to the Ethernet port on your adapter. You'll then need to plug the other end into one of the yellow sockets at the back of the router where it says LAN.
  4. Switch on the power at the socket, and press the adapter’adapters  On/Off button.
  5. Plug the second adapter into a socket close to your computer.
  6. Using the second yellow Ethernet cable, connect one end to the Ethernet port on the adapter. You'll then need to plug the other end into the Ethernet port in your computer.
  7. Switch on the power at the socket, and press the adapter’adapters  On/Off button. Your Powerline Adapters are now set up.
  8. Restart your computer and open any web browser. You should now be connected to the internet. 

If you have any problems setting up your Powerline adapters please see My Powerline Adapters don't work.

 

 

 

Connect using a Wireless adapter

 

If your desktop computer doesn't have wireless built in you can upgrade with a TalkTalk Wireless adapter (sometimes called a Dongle). Once connected, you can access your networks high speed internet while also getting access to shared printers and storage etc.

Wireless adapters are available online at the TalkTalk Shop. Once you have received and installed the adapter, follow the connect using wireless guide.

PC connected with a wireless adaptor

 

 

 
 

Problems connecting?

If after following these steps, you are unable to connect to the internet, please check your service Visit Service Centre

Alternatively, you can always book a BrightSparks engineer visit where one of our friendly and highly qualified engineers will do all the hard work for you for just £50.

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