How to connect your Chromebook to a Wi-Fi network

Chromebooks have great battery life, but without a network connection, there isn't a whole lot you can do with them. We'll show you how to connect your Chromebook to the cloud over a Wi-Fi network.

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook
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Chromebooks have great battery life, but without a network connection, there isn't a whole lot you can do with them. Here's how to connect your Chromebook to the cloud over a Wi-Fi network:

Advertised network

Step 1: Click on the network icon, located in the upper right-hand corner.

Chrome OS network icon
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2: Choose the network you want to connect to from the list of detected Wi-Fi networks. If you don't see a list, make sure that Enable Wi-Fi has been selected. If you choose a secured network, you'll prompted for a password.


Hidden network

Step 1: If you want to connect to an unadvertised or hidden network, select Other Wi-Fi network... from the list.

Step 2: Enter the SSID (network name), select the security type (WEP, WPA, or RSN), and type in the password. Remember that network names are case-sensitive.

Chrome OS WiFi join
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Happy cloud computing!

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Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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