Can't see Wireless Network Connection

Hi there,

I’m trying to set up a wireless internet connection on a newly built PC with Windows 7 installed. I get a connection when I connect to the LAN but I don’t see the wireless connection from the modem when I search for available connections. I have also verified the modem to be working.

Do I need to download a separate driver for wireless connections? Or is there something else I’m missing?

Thanks for any help in advance.

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Need More Information

First, you're not entirely clear about your situation and more info about the computer would sure help. Most importantly, it appears like you have an ethernet adapter because you mentioned the LAN connection, but do you actually have the wireless adapter installed on the computer and if so, YES, you need to have the correct wireless adapter driver installed for it. Have you checked Device Manager to make sure it's working correctly?

Next, you need more than a "modem" for wireless devices to connect to your network. The modem must also have a wireless router, either included with the modem, or as a separate device. Do you have such a wireless router and if so, have you enabled it? Do other wireless devices connect to it? If so, have you made sure the SSID is showing in the network settings. Some wireless devices won't find it if it's hidden.

Hope this helps and let us know more..


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The issue is no wireless adapter

Thanks for the feedback Grif.

After looking into it a bit further I realized I don't have a wireless adapter. I was a bit naive and didn't realize I needed one. Do you have any recommendations on what I should look for using an Intel DH77DF mother board. Total build was approx $800. Let me know if any other info will help.


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Since you have a lan connection you must be wired.

Why would you want wifi?

You might run into problems with distance, obstructions, interference.

The wired connection is best, wifi can be iffy.

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No easy acess at the moment...

Thanks for the insight Bob. The reason being is that the only access to a LAN line is upstairs and seeing as I'm a basement tenant I thought it would be logistically easier to create a wifi connection then physically route a cord through the wall into the basement. I make take a look into it however.


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You Can Go Internal Or External...

Personally, on computers which don't already have a wireless adapter installed, I prefer purchasing one of the inexpensive USB wireless dongles which can be used on multiple computers if you no longer need it on this one. On desktops, I also prefer those USB dongles which have a "stand" or mount which can be set on the desktop, (A USB cable plugs into the USB port on the computer, then to the wireless adapter dongle which sits in the stand) instead of those that are small and simply sit on the USB port.

Just an example at the link below. (There are cheaper ones available.):

Hope this helps.


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Appreciate the feedback

Thanks for the help Grif!

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Make sure to install the Intel driver for network and also usb drivers if you haven't

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