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<page xmlns="http://projectmallard.org/1.0/"
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      xmlns:if="http://projectmallard.org/if/1.0/"
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      xmlns:its="http://www.w3.org/2005/11/its"
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      type="topic" style="task"
      id="net-wireless-connect">
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  <info>
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    <link type="guide" xref="net-wireless" group="#first"/>
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    <link type="seealso" xref="net-wireless-troubleshooting"/>
    <link type="seealso" xref="net-wireless-disconnecting"/>
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    <revision pkgversion="3.4.0" date="2012-02-19" status="outdated"/>
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    <revision pkgversion="3.10" date="2013-12-05" status="final"/>
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    <revision pkgversion="3.18" date="2015-09-28" status="final"/>
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    <revision pkgversion="3.33" date="2019-07-17" status="candidate"/>
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    <credit type="author">
      <name>GNOME Documentation Project</name>
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      <email>gnome-doc-list@gnome.org</email>
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    </credit>
    <credit type="editor">
      <name>Michael Hill</name>
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      <email>mdhillca@gmail.com</email>
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    </credit>

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    <desc>Get on the internet — wirelessly.</desc>
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    <include href="legal.xml" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2001/XInclude"/>
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  </info>

<title>Connect to a wireless network</title>

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<p>If you have a wireless-enabled computer, you can connect to a wireless
 network that is within range to get access to the internet, view shared files
 on the network, and so on.</p>
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<steps>
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  <item>
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    <p>Open the <gui xref="shell-introduction#systemmenu">system menu</gui> from the right
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    side of the top bar.</p>
  </item>
  <item>
    <p>Select
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    <gui>Wi-Fi Not Connected</gui>. The Wi-Fi section of the menu will expand.</p>
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  </item>
  <item>
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    <p>Click <gui>Select Network</gui>.</p>
  </item>
  <item>
    <p>Click the name of the network you want, then click
    <gui>Connect</gui>.</p>
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    <p>If the name of the network is not shown, scroll down the list. If you
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    still do not see the network, you may be out of range, or the network
    <link xref="net-wireless-hidden">might be hidden</link>.</p>
  </item>
  <item>
    <p>If the network is protected by a password
    (<link xref="net-wireless-wepwpa">encryption key</link>), enter the
    password when prompted and click <gui>Connect</gui>.</p>
    <p>If you do not know the key, it may be written on the underside of the
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    wireless router or base station, or in its instruction manual, or you may
    have to ask the person who administers the wireless network.</p>
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  </item>
  <item>
    <p>The network icon will change appearance as the computer attempts to
    connect to the network.</p>
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  </item>
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  <item>
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    <if:choose>
    <if:when test="platform:gnome-classic">
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    <p>If the connection is successful, the icon will change to a dot with
    several curved bars above it
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    (<media its:translate="no" type="image" mime="image/svg" src="figures/classic-topbar-network-wireless-strength-excellent.svg" width="28" height="28"/>). More bars
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    indicate a stronger connection to the network. Fewer bars mean the
    connection is weaker and might not be very reliable.</p>
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    </if:when>
    <p>If the connection is successful, the icon will change to a dot with
    several curved bars above it
    (<media its:translate="no" type="image" mime="image/svg" src="figures/topbar-network-wireless-strength-excellent.svg" width="28" height="28"/>). More bars
    indicate a stronger connection to the network. Fewer bars mean the
    connection is weaker and might not be very reliable.</p>
    </if:choose>
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  </item>
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</steps>

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  <p>If the connection is not successful, you may be asked for your password
  again or it might just tell you that the connection has been disconnected.
  There are a number of things that could have caused this to happen. You could
  have entered the wrong password, the wireless signal could be too weak, or
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  your computer’s wireless card might have a problem, for example. See
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  <link xref="net-wireless-troubleshooting" /> for more help.</p>
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  <p>A stronger connection to a wireless network does not necessarily mean that
  you have a faster internet connection, or that you will have faster download
  speeds. The wireless connection connects your computer to the <em>device
  which provides the internet connection</em> (like a router or modem), but the
  two connections are actually different, and so will run at different
  speeds.</p>
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</page>