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.
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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.
To connect wirelessly (Wi-Fi) on Windows 7:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have any problems setting up your Powerline adapters please see My Powerline Adapters don't work.
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.
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.