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Connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi

To connect to the Internet, use a compatible Wi-Fi network.

Step 1: Turn on Wi-Fi

  1. Turn on your Chromebook.
  2. Click your account photo.
  3. Click No network No network.
    Note: If you see "Connected to" and your Wi-Fi network name, your Chromebook is already connected to Wi-Fi.
  4. To turn on Wi-Fi, click the switch.
  5. Your Chromebook will automatically look for available networks and show them to you in a list.

Step 2: Pick a network and connect

Connect to an open network
Click the Wi-Fi network Wi-Fi.
Remember, your information might be visible to other people on this network.
Connect to a secure network
  1. Click the secure Wi-Fi network Wi-Fi secure network.
  2. Type the network password.
  3. Click Connect.
Connect to an unlisted network
Administrators may hide networks so only certain people can use them. To connect to an unlisted network:
  1. Click Join other network Join other.
  2. Enter the network information in the box that appears.
  3. Click Connect.

Information for this network is automatically saved so you can connect automatically later.

Connect to a WPA2 enterprise network

Step 1: Check if your certificate is installed

  1. Open Chrome Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type chrome://settings/certificates and press Enter.
  3. Click Authorities.
  4. Using information from your administrator, look for your server certificate in the list. If the server certificate isn't installed, your administrator might ask you to install the server certificate.
  5. [Optional] If you're connecting to an EAP-TLS network, you might need to install the user certificate.

Step 2: Connect to the network

  1. Click your account photo.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Network," click Add connection and then Add Wi-Fi and then Advanced.
  4. Enter your network information.
    • If the server certificate is installed, in the "Server CA certificate" field, choose Default.
  5. Click Connect.

Find your MAC address or IP address

Some administrators restrict network access to prevent outsiders from seeing private information on the network. To use the network, you might need to give your Chromebook's MAC or IP address to your administrator. To find the MAC or IP address:

  1. If you haven't yet, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click your account photo.
  3. Click the Wi-Fi network Wi-Fi.
  4. At the top of the box, click Information Information.
  5. You'll see your Chromebook's IP address and IPv6 address. Your MAC address is labeled "Wi-Fi."

Wi-Fi networks that work with Chromebooks

  • Open networks that don’t require a password
  • Secure networks that use WEP, Dynamic WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, or WPA2-Enterprise settings
    • We recommend WPA2, as it is more secure than WEP or WPA
  • Standards: 802.11 a/b/g/n and 802.11ac for AC-equipped Chromebooks

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