Raspberry Pi Learning Resources

Guide to connecting to a wireless network

If you want to connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet or local network then you will need to follow these steps:

Connecting to wireless LAN

  1. Wireless LAN connections can be made via the network icon at the right-hand end of the menu bar. If you are using a Raspberry Pi 3, or an earlier model with a WiFi dongle plugged in, left-clicking this icon will bring up a list of available WiFi networks.
  2. If no networks are found, it will show the message "No APs found - scanning...": just wait a few seconds without closing the menu, and it should find your network.
  3. The icons on the right show whether a network is secured or not, and its signal strength. Click the network that you want to connect to. If it's secured, a dialogue box will appear prompting you to enter the network key.
  4. Enter the key and press OK, then wait a couple of seconds. The network icon will flash briefly to show that a connection is being made. Once it's ready, the icon stops flashing and shows the signal strength.

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