These instructions are intended to be a general guide to connecting most computers running Windows Vista/ Windows 7 to connect to the wireless network using features that are built-in to the operating system.

Driver information: It is recommended that you use the most recent drivers and software provided by the manufacturer of your computer or wireless card manufacturer instead of the generic Windows drivers. Specific instructions vary by manufacturer; therefore, we are only able to provide generic instructions for use with Windows Vista’s built-in wireless support.

Security disclaimer: Please be aware that wireless networks, by nature, are insecure. It is recommended that you not send unencrypted passwords (such as through Eudora/Outlook or Telnet) or other secure information (such as credit cards) over a wireless network. Anyone attempting to monitor the content of another person’s wireless network communication is in violation of the Code of Ethics for Information at Colby College and subject to disciplinary action.

System Requirements: A wireless card compatible with 802.11a, 802.11b or 802.11g protocol.

Connection Instructions

1.      Go to Start > Control Panel > View Network Status and Tasks
2.      You should see a list of wireless networks. Select the one you wish to use (Colby’s network in the dorms is called Colby Wireless).vista-wless-1_1

3.      If you see no wireless networks, check to make sure that the wireless connection is enabled. Click on view status next to the wireless network bar and click on Enable if the connection says it is disabled. Also make sure that the wireless switch on the computer is not turned off.
4.      You can view the status of your wireless connection by rolling over the wireless icon in the tray.wireless-status-win-7_1