Forum Question: How Do You Get The Wifi Icon On A Mac

once, i tried to dual-boot my vista into my mac and couldn’t connect to the internet(im using linkysys by the way) but when i tried to return my mac to vista again i couldn’t i wanted to keep my files. it took me 4 hours! thats not the problem.

here is the problem:

i’m planning to buy a mac from my friend but i don’t want to waste my money because if i can’t connect my macbook to my linksys then its useless any ideas on how to get the wifi connection icon or do i need to buy something.

— John Belarmino

Comments: 7 Responses to “How Do You Get The Wifi Icon On A Mac”

    4/3/10 @ 6:30 pm

    I’m not completely certain what you are looking for. Just the icon in the menu bar that allows you to select a wifi network? You can show that, in case it is hidden, by selecting an option in the network preferences. Just select the wifi connection and you’ll see it as a checkbox.
    But it sounds like you are worried about something else — maybe general connectivity? Linksys routers don’t care which kind of computer you have. A Mac is the same as a PC. You just have to make sure the network preferences are set properly for either.

    john belarmino
    4/5/10 @ 1:21 pm

    want i meant is how to get the wifi icon on a macbook

      4/5/10 @ 1:26 pm

      Do you mean the icon in the menu bar at the top right side of the screen?

    john belarmino
    4/5/10 @ 8:53 pm


      4/5/10 @ 9:04 pm

      OK. Then you just need to go to System Preferences, Network, and select the Airport network. Then Look for “Show AirPort status in menu bar.” Check that box.

    john belarmino
    4/6/10 @ 11:33 am

    do you need to buy airport extreme or can i use my router (linksys)

      4/6/10 @ 11:36 am

      You can use any brand of standard WiFi router. I’ve used many Linksys routers in the past.

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