How to Install Drivers on a Wi-Fi Adapter in Windows 7?
While writing various articles on configuring Wi-Fi in Windows 7, there are a lot of confusing things and questions about the Wi-Fi adapter driver. For example, you write about connecting to a wireless network, but the person doesn’t find Wi-Fi on his computer at all. The same happens when trying to share the Internet from a laptop, if the driver is not installed on the Wi-Fi adapter, then the virtual network will not work. Many people just don’t understand what to do when the information from the article is different from what happens on the monitor.
Look, there is a laptop, it should definitely have a built-in Wi-Fi adapter. Even with laptops, which are more than 5 years old, not to mention the modern models. If you have a desktop computer and you want to connect to the Internet via a wireless network, you can do this through a USB or PCI adapter. On your laptop or desktop PC is installed Windows 7. Masters, or yourself. does not matter. The main thing is that Windows 7 itself does not install the driver to the Wi-Fi adapter (I have not noticed such cases, but Windows 10 already installs it automatically). It turns out that if the masters who installed your operating system, do not install the driver for the Wireless Adapter, respectively Wi-Fi you will not work. And if the network cable to the laptop is not connected, the connection status is likely to be:
In the settings: Control Panel/Network and Internet/Network Connections you probably will not see the adapter “Wireless Network Connection”, and in the Device Manager, on the tab Network Adapters there will be only one adapter. network card. Wireless adapter you will not find there.
These are all signs that the correct driver is not installed. The solution is very simple. install the driver for the wireless adapter. Below, I will try to tell you in detail, by example, how to do it.
What are Wi-Fi adapters? Decide on the interest of connection
First of all I suggest to choose the interface which will be used to connect the receiver to the desktop computer. The most popular ones are USB and PCI Express. There is also PCMCIA (mostly for laptops). but they are not up to date anymore, so we won’t be looking at them. Let’s take a closer look at the receivers that connect to USB and PCI.
- Interface: USB. They are also called external. The most popular Wi-Fi adapters which are similar to the USB stick. They can be different. Very small (like a receiver in a wireless mouse or keyboard). about the size of a flash drive, or more serious versions, which are connected via USB-extenders. Such receivers can be with or without antennas. Here is what they look like: These receivers plug into a USB socket in your computer. For better reception (to raise the adapter higher), you can connect it via a USB extension cord. They may come bundled with some models. They can be used on many different computers and laptops. Quickly disconnect and reconnect. If you choose the receiver for an ordinary computer and not for a laptop, it is better to buy a model with an antenna, or one which is connected through an extender. For better Wi-Fi network reception. The miniature model (the first one in the picture above) is the best for your notebook.
- Interfaces: PCI Express. These are the internal receivers. They are similar to a normal network card, and plug into a PCI Express port on your computer‘s motherboard. In order to install such an adapter your computer must have a free PCI Express (PCI Express x1) slot. You will also need to hide the system unit. And as you understand, you can not quickly disconnect and reconnect such a receiver to another PC. Exactly the same as picking it up on an extension cord for better reception. Although, they should have no problems with reception, all models have good antennas for its enhancement. On the plus side, it does not take up a USB port and does not stick out of the motherboard (only the antennae). Which, by the way, can be replaced with a more powerful, or remote.
- Inteace M.2. This is the newest and most modern way to connect the Wi-FiBluetooth module to the motherboard of a PC. Almost all modern boards are equipped with more than one M.2. Just because your motherboard has this interface does not mean you can plug wireless into it. You will need an M plug.2 Key A, or Key E. This information is always listed in the motherboard specifications. The M marking may be on the connector itself.2 WI-FI. But there is a subtlety. As these Wi-Fi modules are designed primarily for installation in laptops (where the wires are already brought out for connection built-in a laptop antenna). on the M.2 Wi-Fi PC module can work, but do not see the Wi-Fi network. Because of the lack of antennas. Rarely do they come with an antenna. But they can buy and connect to the board separately. They look something like this:
I think you already know the connection info. As for the other characteristics, there is no difference between USB and PCI. The information you will find below applies to Wi-Fi adapters with different interfaces.
How to connect the WI-FI adapter to your computer
Connect and configure the router WI-FI to the Internet is likely everyone can. The next step is to ensure that our PC which does not have a Wi-Fi router will start to catch Wi-fi. To do this we will need to buy a WI-FI adapter and install it on the computer. Applying such a USB adapter your computer will really be able to receive wireless Wi-fi over the air, without being tied to the wires, thus at any time you can move your PC, at any convenient place. over, we installed a router for the purpose of getting rid of the wires in the house. If you don’t know how to choose the adapter, read the topic about “Best USB Wi-Fi Adapters”.
Once we have installed the router and made the settings for Wi-Fi network in the house, if it is at work I mean at the office, respectively all our mobile gadgets such as laptop, cell phone, tablet will instantly find and connect to the Wi-Fi network, without wires “over the air”. If for some reason you still do not know how to configure a wi-fi router, I recommend reading this topic Configuring a Wi-Fi router. TP-Link TL-WR841N router. Because in the given devices the manufacturer has taken care of the built-in Wi-Fi receiver, and we are talking about a computer that initially is not equipped with this Wi-Fi adapter, and most likely would also like to connect to the global network without the hassle of wires. For these purposes and there are a couple of options:
The first method is probably not suitable for us, as it is supposed to connect our computer to the Internet by laying a network cable to it. And as our theme about Wi-Fi adapters means that this option will not work for us.
And here is the second method, which we will look at just for us. This option in this case suits us. Now we will consider two types of adapters, internal and external to say simply put Wi-Fi adapter which looks like an additional board inserted into a special PCI slot which is in the middle of the computer will be called internal. To install it you will need some knowledge. And it looks like in the pictures below.
The most convenient and easy to configure and use is an external Wi-Fi adapter, which we will connect to the desktop computer. After reading this tutorial your computer will finally be independent of network cables and will become portable and will be able to catch the Wi-Fi network over the air. It is one of such USB Wi-fi receivers I put on my PC, the appearance of which you will find in the pictures below, such Wi-Fi adapters are also called flash drives.
Now that we have learned a bit about what a wi-fi device is, it’s time to start plugging it in.
Begin installing the TP-LINK series WI-FI adapter on your computer
Here we go, take the Wi-Fi adapter and connect it to the computer. Despite its small size I recommend to connect it to the USB slots which are located at the back of your computer. Assuming that you have all the slots available, you can use different extension cables or the one provided with the TL-WN725N.
Once you insert the device into the USB slot your operating system will automatically search for drivers, usually it finds them by itself, it is possible that Windows will not find them and gives an error. Do not worry ignore it, then insert the disk that comes with it and install the drivers and utilities from the disk. If you have no installation disk for some reason, I recommend to search in search engines for the model of Wi-Fi adapter, in my case it is TL-WN725N. Well, if you have not found it already then I recommend to read this topic How to find the driver of any uninstalled device.
I see no point in describing the driver installation process itself. Now we just need to wait for the installation to complete. After installation is complete, in the notification panel, where the clock is, you will be able to observe the status of the connection to the Internet in the form of sticks with a yellow snowflake and this will say that our Wi-Fi adapter has found a network available for connection.
Now click on this status to connect Wi-Fi, if there is an available network to connect select it and click on the button “Connect”.
After clicking the window will pop up, here we need to enter the password to the Wi-Fi network and below as shown in the photo click “Ok”.
Congratulations if you see white sticks in the network status. This will tell you that your computer is connected to the Wi-Fi network. Congratulations!
As I said this procedure takes very little time to connect and configure our network WI-FI adapter TP-LINK TL-WN725N, and most importantly, thanks to this device connected to the Wi-Fi network over the air by yourself.
Using such adapters whether the company TP-LINK or any other one to install and operate them is particularly easy for them to thank a lot. These adapters are on the market as a rule are not expensive and their usefulness is very much.
Now a few words about what kind of adapter to buy to connect your personal computer to the Wi-Fi network? I think there is absolutely no difference, just that external USB adapters are more universal and easy to install and configure, especially it can be taken and installed on another PC at any time.
Now you understand how convenient and practical it is to use USB WI-FI adapter to connect your PC to the World Wide Web, and most importantly. quickly and easily, without pulling a bunch of network wires around the house. Good luck to all do not forget to share the topic and ask questions in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев.
Ways to turn on the Wi-Fi adapter
After installing the necessary software in the lower right corner of the taskbar you will see the icon of inactive WI-FI connection. If you click on it, the list of available wireless networks will be opened. Highlight the one you need and click “Connect”. In the next window, you must enter the password for network access, if it is set. If you do not have a password, you will be logged in automatically.
Many modern routers and adapters use WPS, an option for faster connection of all devices. To activate it you just need to press the corresponding button on the router, and then the same button on the “whistle”. The devices will exchange recognition signals and connect to the same network automatically. This is more convenient, because you do not have to enter the password manually, which is especially important if the password is very complicated.
Wi-Fi adapter software installation
CD with drivers and an application for network connection is a handy thing, but has long lost its relevance. Firstly, if you have recently purchased a prefabricated computer, there simply may not be an optical drive. Secondly, the manufacturers themselves rarely bundle WI-FI adapters with a CD with software.
If your computer has an optical drive, but the disk included in the set was very simple: you insert it into the tray and after reading the data run the installation file. It is almost always called setup.exe. If the vendor forgot about autorun and did not start the installation automatically, it is almost always called setup.
In any such situation all the necessary software can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s official website. It’s easy to find it, just type “official website of %branch_adapter%” into your search engine. Usually the first link is the manufacturer’s official site on the Internet.
Regardless of the brand, any such site has a “Downloads” or “Support” section, where you can download all the necessary software. Select the appropriate type of device from the drop-down list and find its model, then download the latest drivers for your OS. It remains only to run the downloaded file and wait for the completion of installation on your computer.
Setting up on a Windows 10 computer
Wi-Fi Adapter is configured to work automatically. If this does not happen, or if additional settings are needed, you can enter them manually. In “Ten” everything is done as follows:
- Press the start button and the cogwheel icon to go to Settings;
- Select the category “Network and Internet”;
- Highlight “Wireless network”, click on PCM and select “Properties”.
- In the “Network” tab, select Internet Protocol version 4 and click “Properties”;
- Set the switch to “Use the following” and manually assign IP address, subnet mask and default gateway.
These manipulations are required if your ISP uses an atypical network configuration. Usually it is enough to have automatic settings of the adapter and obtain the network address.
There is no need to remove the Wi-Fi adapter from USB port even if you do not use Internet or shut down the computer.
Wi-Fi module configuration
A newly installed module requires configuration of its parameters. It is necessary to begin with a check of operability of a local network, using the devices already configured to work in it.
Preliminary computer preparation
In order to set up Wi-Fi on your computer, you must install the software necessary for it to work. It consists of drivers for a certain adapter model. A driver is a small program that allows the operating system (OS) to see the hardware with which it has to communicate. If the driver is not installed, the OS will not connect to this device during operation.
Ideally the WI-FI adapter driver, written on a CD, is included with the hardware manufacturer. Otherwise it can be found on the Internet at the website of the device manufacturer. On the website page you need to specify the adapter model and the operating system of your computer. The driver is installed with the latest updates released to date.
To check, select the item “Device Manager” in the “Control Panel” on the computer, then select the line “Network Adapters” and find the necessary adapter, focusing on the information. WI-FI, wireless, 802.11 (b. n). If this information is available, double left-click on it to read the message on the “General” tab of the page that opens.
If the device is working properly, when you go to the “Driver” tab on the same page, you can read all the information about it with suggestions to update it, disable it, remove it, or roll it back to its previous state. In the case of an update, the most recent driver currently released for that model of adapter will be installed.
Input device setup
To configure the wireless module directly, you need to refer to the notification area on the open page of the browser. Right-click on the wireless network icon and select “Change adapter parameters” in the left-hand column on the page that will open. In the list of networks available on your computer you must select the local wireless network WI-FI. Right-clicking on its icon takes you to the context menu. Select the necessary item from the list. Disconnect/Connect, Status, Diagnostics, Properties.
The first item allows you to turn on the adapter and go to work in the selected network. You may have to enter the login password, which was assigned when configuring the router. If you double-click on the wireless icon in the notification area, you can see the entire list of networks within the adapter’s range of reception, with the indication of the signal level as vertical lines.
Diagnostics is used for the automatic estimation of the device operability with the output of the testing results. If a problem is detected, the system will give you a message about it and suggest possible solutions or suggest a more in-depth analysis.
The “Properties” item allows you to make deep settings of the network used by the adapter. Selecting the Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) in Windows, you can enter in its lines the information obtained in the contract with your Internet provider, if necessary. If you click on the “Configure” stencil on this page you will be able to see all installed settings and the adapter driver used. It’s best not to change the settings unless absolutely necessary.
Of course, all these settings aren’t done every time you need to connect your Windows 7 computer to the Internet wirelessly via Wi-Fi. Now everything will be easy:
That’s all, you can use it. And I’ll say goodbye, and see you again in the wide world of WiFiGid!
What does it take to connect your computer to Wi-Fi
All you need to connect your computer to a wireless network is to equip it with a Wi-Fi adapter. Immediately after that, it, just like your phone, tablet or laptop will be able to work on the network without wires. That said,. the great ones are around 1,000, and the really cool ones are 3,000 to 4,000. Can literally be purchased at any computer store.
Wi-Fi adapters for computers come in two main types:
- USB Wi-Fi adapters, which is a device that looks like a flash drive.
- A separate computer board that installs in a PCI or PCI-E port, one or more antennas can be connected to the board.
While the first option is cheaper and easier to use, I would recommend the second. especially if you need more reliable signal reception and good Internet connection speeds. However, this does not mean that the USB adapter. it is bad: to connect your computer to Wi-Fi in a normal apartment, in most cases it will be quite enough.
Most simple adapters support 802.11 b/g/n 2 modes.4 GHz (if you use a 5 GHz wireless network, think about that when choosing your adapter), and there are some on the market that support 802.11 ac, but few have routers that work in this mode, and if they do. these people without my instructions know what’s what.
Connecting your computer to Wi-Fi with an adapter. Without a Cable
As I said earlier, for normal computers which do not have built-in wireless receivers, many network adapters are available. These adapters are available both externally and internally. As for the price, they are not very expensive. There are, of course, different models from different manufacturers. But the cheapest one will cost you about 6-7 dollars (these are devices of popular manufacturers). Tenda has some inexpensive models. I, for example, also have an inexpensive, external USB Wi-Fi adapter TP-LINK TL-WN721N. It looks like this:
It works fine. You will need to prepare instructions on how to configure it on PC. By the way, many people call such adapters “flash drives to connect to Wi-Fi”:)
and more often users face a situation when network card cannot see the cable. Windows 7 lets you detect the problem very quickly. All mentioned above cases are actual for this OS.
And the owners of Windows 10 may face such a problem as hardware incompatibility. Some modems, speakers, microphones, mice and other computer components do not work with this operating system. Therefore, it is possible to get rid of the problem:
No other options to deal with hardware incompatibilities are offered. Every user should keep this in mind.