How To Connect Wi-Fi to PC? [Step-by-Step]

When the computer motherboard doesn’t have inbuilt Wi-Fi, then we need to install the Wi-Fi adapter on the computer to use the internet. The Wi-Fi adapter installation is not a big deal but when compared to the ethernet connection, adapter installation involves the following steps.

First, you need to be sure whether your computer motherboard has the internet-accessing feature or not. For this, you need to know about your motherboard model. Here you can find multiple ways to find the motherboard model and its specifications in a computer.

Now you have a device called a Wi-Fi adapter. According to your usage requirements, you can find various brands and features in the market. Pick the one that suits you. For gaming, I support using the ethernet cable. Here you can find the difference between ethernet and Wi-Fi.

After you’ve purchased and received the product, first, you need to set up the device on your computer. These are the following steps that are involved in the Wi-Fi adapter setup process.

Check for physical damage to the device

When you buy or receive the product, first, you need to check its physical condition. If it is all ok, then you can use that without any guilt. Just in case, if the product was damaged, return it.

Check for the other things in the box, like the driver’s CD, user manual, warranty card, etc. Keep all of them at least until you finish the setup process.

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Insert the Wi-Fi adapter into the USB port

When the device is clear without any physical damage, take that and insert it into the USB port on the CPU. You may have a doubt, among all these ports, which is the right and best one to insert the adapter?

To answer this, I need to know the USB port versions on your CPU. Here the user manual will help you find what port is best for the adapter whether it is 2.0, 3.0, or other.

wifi and bluetooth adapters
Wi-Fi adapter in the USB slot

Let the Windows OS install the compatible drivers for your device

After you installed the device, wait for a while to let the system download the compatible drivers for the Wi-Fi adapter. To complete this process, your system needs an internet connection. And when the system is downloading the drivers, you may feel that your limited data is gonna be exhausted. Here you can find how to fix the PC which is consuming more data.

Why are the drivers important in setting up the device on a computer? See the importance of the drivers with a complete guide.

When the device (Wi-Fi adapter) gets installed on your computer, immediately, the computer will show the available internet connections. You can find all the available networks through the internet access option at the bottom of the screen.

The username and password for a network to connect
Available networks with password security

From here, you can tap on any signal that you wish and enter the required password to connect to it.

Wait, what to do when the available networks are not displaying on the computer even after the installation of adapter drivers? Generally, the device will activate automatically. But in some cases, we need to activate the device manually. If you want to know the process to activate the Wi-Fi option on your PC, then the following steps are for you.

Click on the network icon (Internet Access) at the bottom of the screen

You need to click on the Internet access option at the bottom of the screen on your Windows operating system. Here, the interface will let you know whether the Wi-Fi adapter is in use or not. If you find the available networks, then you need to follow the below steps to activate them because the Wi-Fi adapter is already in use on your PC.

Here you can see what the internet access interface looks like.

Available network signals in the computer
When a Wi-Fi adapter is in use, the computer will show the available networks
This is how it shows when you don't insert the network adapter
When the computer can’t find the available networks

Click on the option ‘Network & Internet Settings’

Click on the ‘Network and Internet Settings‘ in the above image. Then the settings page will open with internet settings.

You can also access this page at Start >> Settings >> Network & Internet

The network status in the Windows 10 settings
The computer is connected to a network via Wi-Fi

If your network status is not connected, go to Wi-Fi

If your computer doesn’t connect to any network, then the page will show that the network status is disconnected.

When you find this, click on the ‘Wi-Fi‘ option on the left panel menu.

Turn ON the Wi-Fi button to start Wi-Fi adapter usage

There you can find the ‘Wi-Fi’ enable option. Turn it ON.

Enable wifi on a PC
Enable Wi-Fi on a PC

That’s it. Your computer now starts to receive the available signals and shows them to you.

From the listed networks in Internet Access, select one that you wish

From here, the thing is as usual. Select the network that you wish to connect to. The Windows operating system is doing a good job by asking about the network trust level. With your command, the system will set limitations to public internet services like coffee houses, restaurants, etc.

Note: Never connect with any network that you won’t trust. It harms the data on your computer.

Enter the password and start using

One last step is to enter the correct password to access the internet connection from that router or source.

I think now you don’t have any issues on your PC to connect with the internet. In case you find any trouble and your PC won’t connect to the Wi-Fi network, then apply the fixes that are discussed in the link.


Hope these steps will let you know how to enable and use Wi-Fi on your PC. If you have anything to ask, do comment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to enable or disable the Wi-Fi adapter?

Follow the steps to enable or disable the Wi-Fi adapter on your PC. Start >> Settings >> Network & Internet >> Wi-Fi >> Turn ON

Why can’t I enable my Wi-Fi adapter?

If you find no option to enable Wi-Fi on your PC means it doesn’t have inbuilt Wi-Fi. When it shows the same after you installed the Wi-Fi adapter on your PC, it means the device is not working.

How do I know if my Wi-Fi adapter is working?

When the computer is showing the available network signals, then it is a sign that the adapter is working fine. The connecting speed depends on the type of adapter and the USB port you are using.

How long do Wi-Fi adapters last?

There is no particular lifespan for the Wi-Fi adapters. If the computer operating temperatures are good, the device will work even for 20 years.

What does no Wi-Fi adapter mean?

When there is no Wi-Fi adapter on your computer, two things will happen: either you connect with the internet or don’t. It all depends on the motherboard model you have.