Connecting to my home network over Wi-Fi

 

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Connecting to my home network over Wi-Fi

An older couple in the garden reading documents on their tablet using the home Wi-Fi network.

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In this activity, you'll learn how to connect to a Wi-Fi network at home.

Your Wi-Fi is identified by a name and it's protected by a password, to help keep your personal information secure. We'll explain the Wi-Fi network name, where to find the default password, and how a typical device uses those to connect to the Wi-Fi.

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The router

The Wi-Fi in your house comes from a special box called a router.

The router creates a Wi-Fi network throughout your home. The network has a unique name and is protected by a password.

A cable coming into a house and connecting to the router, or modem. The router is then sending out a wireless internet signal to a laptop computer in the home.
A list of Wi-Fi names with My Wi-Fi network selected

The Wi-Fi name

If you look on the bottom of the router or refer to a card your internet provider gave you, you'll find the default details (Wi-Fi name and password) for your Wi-Fi.

The first is the Wi-Fi name. This lets you know that it's your router that your device is connecting to. In your device's Wi-Fi settings, you will probably see a list of all the nearby Wi-Fi networks. The ones that aren't yours are probably from your neighbours.

Choose the Wi-Fi name that matches the name on your router, or on the card your ISP gave you.

The Wi-Fi password

The second detail is a default password. Your device will ask for the password when you first try to connect to Wi-Fi.

Enter it carefully, and make sure to match all the uppercase and lowercase letters. Look out for the letter O and the number zero, they can sometimes look the same. When you enter the password correctly, your device will connect to the Wi-Fi and you can use the internet.

A password being entered into a Wi-Fi network to connect a device

Connecting your device to your home Wi-Fi network

Connecting a device to your home Wi-Fi network can be easy. The steps can vary between devices, but generally the process is very similar. On the next slide, there is a video to help you with the steps needed to connect your device to your home Wi-Fi network.

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eSafety Tip

Don't worry that you can see your neighbours' Wi-Fi network names and that they can see yours. This is perfectly normal and safe – no one can access your Wi-Fi without the password.

Be careful who you give the password to. Family and friends who come to visit may like to use your internet and so it's fine to give them the password, but avoid giving it to neighbours as they can then access your internet and use it whenever they like, but you'll be paying the bills! You can always change your password if you have given it to someone and then you don't want that person to be able to use your Wi-Fi any more.

Reconnecting next time

Connecting for the first time can be a fiddle, but the good news is your device will remember your Wi-Fi network and stay connected while it is switched on.

If you switch the device off, it will automatically reconnect to the Wi-Fi when you switch it back on again. If you don't want this to happen, you'll need to go into your device's Wi-Fi settings again, choose your Wi-Fi network name, and choose the ‘forget this network' option.

A settings option allowing the user to Forget this network
A dad checks an answer he's given to his daughter for her homework on his mobile phone

Congratulations

This is the end of the Connecting to my home network over Wi-Fi activity.

You've learned that the router provides Wi-Fi for your devices to connect to. And that you connect by choosing the unique Wi-Fi name, and entering the password. Both of these are on the bottom of the router, or on a card your internet provider gave you.

Next, you'll learn about connecting to the internet with a cable, in the Connecting to my home network with a cable activity.