How To: Access the Internet at Home

LOGGING ONTO THE INTERNET AT HOME.
 
Student must quit Safari and completely shut down device at school before going home.  If not, this will interfere with Wi-Fi capabilities.

If that does not work, try these steps:
 
  1. Make sure that you are in range of your wireless access point or wireless router.
  2. Click on the WiFi signal indicator in upper right of your screen and verify that the name of your wireless access point or router is listed.  If you do not have any bars on the indicator or you have an exclamation mark, try rebooting your laptop.
  3. If there are other wireless devices in your home, are they currently connected and able to browse the Internet?  If they cannot, try powering off the access point or router for 30 seconds and power it back on.  A reboot of your laptop may be needed.
  4. If there are other devices in your home that are wired into your wireless access point or router, are they able to browse the Internet?  Check to make sure that cable or DSL modem are powered on and that all of the appropriate lights are lit.  You may also try powering off the modem, as well as the access point for 30 seconds.  Power on your modem first and let it successfully connect and then power on your access point or router (if they are separate from the modem).  A reboot of your laptop may be needed.
  5. If your access point or router has been set up with MAC filtering, you will need your parents to enter the MAC address of your laptop into the access point or router for it to be able to connect.  
  6. If your access point is a few years old, it may need a firmware update to allow you to connect.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on performing that task.
  7. If you are using a MiFi device for Internet access, make sure that you have not reached or exceeded the connection limit of that device.
  8. If there are other wireless devices connected consider disconnecting them from the wireless in order for the laptop to connect. Remember phones grab IP addresses as well.  Once connected you can turn the other devices back on. 

Capitalization matters!  Be sure that your password is entered exactly as it was when your access point or router was set up.
  

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