You’re a bit reluctant to change and new technologies, that’s what you have to say, but when something becomes indispensable in everyday life, it’s really hard to give up. That’s why you, too, have long persisted, and you have finally convinced yourself and decided to replace your old modem that was just by cable with a nice device that can also generate a wireless network. However, if you are here now and are reading these lines, it seems clear to me that you do not have the slightest idea how to connect to its WiFi.

How do you say? Things are exactly like this and you would like to know if I can give you a hand on what to do? But of course, do not be afraid. If you give me a few minutes of your precious time, I can, in a word and sign, have the steps you have to do to connect to WiFi , which I think is much simpler than what you can think of.

With this tutorial today, I will then show you how to connect to the wireless network generated by your modem, but also how to do the same with public networks or in any way with other people. The procedure to do is practically the same, the only thing that changes is how to get the password that protects the connection. Now, however, it is enough to talk and move on to the work. I wish you, as usual, a good read.

Find the password to connect to WiFi

The first fundamental step you need to accomplish in order to connect to WiFi is to identify the password (if present, otherwise you do not need to put in place the steps in question) that protects your network. Below you can find out how to do it if you want to find the password of your network (if you do not know it already, of course) than that of others (nothing illegal, do worry!).

Own network

If the WiFi network to which you want to connect is that your modem generates and if your default password has not been changed, you can easily find out the latter by looking at the label that is sticking directly or sideways to the device, or to the user’s manual, see the dedicated section.

If you do this you will not be able to find out your modem’s password and if you’re always talking about the “serial” one, you can find it by accessing the device configuration panel.

To do this, open the browser you generally use to surf the Internet from your computer (eg Chrome or  Firefox ) or any mobile device that you are using and type in the address bar, or, then click Enter key on the keyboard. At this point, you should be in front of a screen to enter the login data that protects the device management panel.

If this does not happen and you see an error message appearing instead, most likely the IP address previously typed is not the correct one for your modem. To find out, you can take a closer look at the label attached to your device or user manual, or you can still locate it by “interrogating” your computer.

If you are using a Windows PC, to know the IP address to be able to access the modem control panel, type  cmd  in the taskbar or accessible accessible search field by clicking the Start button that is attached to the taskbar   or, again , in the appropriate field that is accessible from the top right of the  Start Screen (depending on the version of Windows you are using) and then press the Enter key   to start the selected program automatically.

In the window that will open at this point, type  ipconfig  in the empty field and then press the Enter key  on the keyboard again. This will open a new window with the full list of addresses for your connection. The IP address of the modem is that number of numbers that is next to the  default gateway.

If you are using a Mac, you can know the IP address through which you can access the modem control panel by clicking on the System Preferences icon   (you can find it on the  Dock , in the Applications folder,   or access the  Launchpad ) and then press on the Network item  . Then select the name of your connection and click on the Advanced … button at the bottom right. Then go to the  TCP / IP board and you will find the address to which you must be connected next to the first router.

Now if you have already found the correct IP address for your modem or if you have been able to find it by following the instructions for Windows and Mac I just provided you fill out the on-screen fields by typing the correct username and password combination that usually matches  admin / admin  or  admin / password .

Otherwise, I recommend that you take a look at the modem user’s manual or label attached to the device or side. You can also rely on the RouterPassword site that, as the same name suggests, groups and lists the access data of all the major modems currently on the market.

To use it, connect to its home page and select from the drop-down menu the modem brand in your possession then click the blue Find Password button. You will then be presented with a list of all the major modems and routers models produced by the selected company next to the username / password combination to use to access the relevant configuration panel.

Once you have access to the modem, you must locate the section where the settings for the connection security are present. Generally they are in Wireless (Wi-Fi) or in  Security or Advanced but unfortunately, I can not give you more precise indications because the terms differ depending on the brand and model of your device.

For example, if you are using a Netgear wireless modem with a Genie interface, to access the section of your device’s configuration panel to manage everything about wireless security settings, you must first click on the Advanced tab located at the top right , then on the Installation item located on the left and then on Wireless Configuration .

Now, you should be in front of a screen with details of your Wi-Fi connection generated by your modem and settings on its security. The password that protects your WiFi network is that you do not find the KeyPassword, or Passphrase entry match. Take note and it’s done!

Network of others

Would you like to connect to a public WiFi network or others? Also for this, you may need a password. Or, in the case of public Wi-Fi hotspots (eg communal or present in specific parks, premises, etc.), usually the password is either not present or there are clear letters on any billboards in the vicinity of the areas involved or, in the case of paid networks is provided at the time of the outlay (via the web or in cash, depends on how and where the purchase is made).

As for the WiFi network of friends, relatives, and neighbors … amazing but true: just ask and trust in the kindness of others! The same argument applies even if the network of known people is not password protected. It is still a personal network and asking whether it is possible to connect to the latter is virtually mandatory (as well as the fact that using a special password may prevent “rogue”).

Obviously, there are also some little, orthodox, systems for accessing the protected networks of others, as I explained to you as a mere demonstration in my tutorial on how to crack WiFi networks , but this is a legally practiced practice and I strongly advise you to take be taken into account if not to perform simple tests by prior notice of the relevant owner. Understand?

Connect to WiFiOnce you find the password that is used to connect to the WiFi, we try to figure out how to do this on computers (Windows and Mac), smartphones and tablets (Android and iOS) and various other devices. Find out everything here below.

From Windows

If you are using a computer with Windows installed, to connect to a given wireless connection you just have to click on the network icon (that with the cleats ) in the notification area (next to the clock ) select the correct connection from the list that is displayed and clicks on the Connect button. If required, also type the password that you previously set for the connection to the blank field and press the OK button to establish the connection.

Connected (may take a few moments), network icon taccles will be white, your computer will acquire a local IP address and you can finally start surfing the Internet wirelessly from the network.

From MacBook

If you want to connect to a WiFi network from your Mac, you need to click on the wireless network icon (the padlocks ) located in the upper left part of the system tray, you must select the reference network from the list that is shown to you if required, you must type its password and click Apply .

Within a few moments, the connection will be established and your Mac will be assigned an IP address. The WiFi icon will become black and you can start using the connection as you believe it best.

From Android

Do you want to connect to a wireless network from an Android device, smartphone or tablet? Then access the device screen where all the app icons are clustered in Settings (the gear icon ) in the Connections / Wireless and Networks section, select Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi Settings and turn ON its switch (if the function is disabled, of course) then call the name of the network you want to connect to and if required type the password and step on Connect .

Within a few moments, the connection will be established and your Android device will be assigned an IP address. In the upper right part of the device, you will also see the icon with WiFi wedges and you can begin to use the connection.

Yes iOS

If you want to connect to WiFi by iOS, iPhone or iPad, you need to access the home screen of the device, press the Settings icon (the one with the gear ), tap the Wi-Fi entry on the screen that opens, bring On the ON switch (if set to OFF ), the switch next to Wi-Fi , press the reference network name from the list below and, if required, type its password and tap Sign in .

Within a few seconds, your iPhone or iPad will be connected to the Internet and will receive a local IP address. In the upper right part of the device screen, you will also see the Wi-Fi icon and you can start browsing the net.

From other devices

And on other devices (wireless printers, consoles, etc.)? How to connect to Wi-Fi? Well, the procedure to do is in some respects similar to what I’ve already told you about Android and iOS. In most cases, just access the device settings menu , select  Wi-Fi , select the  name of the network and, if prompted, type the password . That’s all.

Having completed these steps, the device will then be connected to the Internet by acquiring a local IP address and you will be able to leverage the connectivity on the latter as you believe it best.