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Connecting to a network
Your computer can travel with you wherever you go. But even at home, you can explore the globe and access
information from millions of websites using your computer and a wired or wireless network connection. This
chapter will help you get connected to that world.
Connecting to a wireless network
Wireless technology transfers data across radio waves instead of wires. Your computer may be equipped with
one or more of the following wireless devices:
Wireless local area network (WLAN) device—Connects the computer to wireless local area networks
(commonly referred to as Wi-Fi networks, wireless LANs, or WLANs) in corporate
your home, and
public places such as airports, restaurants,
shops, hotels, and universities. In a WLAN, the mobile
wireless device in your computer communicates with a wireless router or a wireless access point.
HP Mobile Broadband Module (select models only)—A wireless wide area network (WWAN) device that
gives you wireless connectivity over a much larger area. Mobile network operators install base stations
(similar to cell phone towers) throughout large geographic areas,
providing coverage across
entire states, regions, or even countries.
Bluetooth device®—Creates a personal area network (PAN) to connect to other Bluetooth-enabled
devices such as computers, phones, printers, headsets, speakers, and cameras. In a PAN, each device
communicates directly with other devices, and devices must be relatively close together—typically
within 10 meters (approximately 33 feet) of each other.
For more information about wireless technology, see the information and website links provided in Help and
Support. To access Help and Support, select
Help and Support
Using the wireless controls
You can control the wireless devices in your computer using these features:
Wireless button, wireless switch, or wireless key (referred to in this chapter as the wireless button)
Operating system controls
Turning wireless devices on or
You can use the wireless button or HP Connection Manager (select models only) to turn on and turn
wireless devices.
A computer may have a wireless button, a wireless switch, or a wireless key on the keyboard. The
term wireless button is used throughout this guide to refer to all types of wireless controls.
To turn
wireless devices using HP Connection Manager:
Right-click the
HP Connection Manager
icon in the
area, at the far right of the taskbar, and
then click the power button next to the desired device.
All Programs
Productivity and Tools
HP Connection Manager
, and then click the
power button next to the desired device.
Connecting to a wireless network