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Setting Up an Internet Connection on Your HP Chromebook (Chrome OS)

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This document applies to HP Chromebook computers with Chrome OS.
An Internet connection is required to use many of the features on your HP Chromebook. For example, most apps do not work without Internet access.
Chromebooks can maintain multiple active Internet connections to eliminate gaps in connectivity. When multiple network connections are available, Chrome OS chooses a network based on priority, and uses only the highest priority connection available at a given time. First priority is an Ethernet connection; second priority is secure remembered Wi-Fi networks; and third priority is other remembered Wi-Fi networks. See Manage networks (in English) from Chrome OS Help for information about network options.
Use the steps in this document to set up an Internet connection on your HP Chromebook.

Adding a wireless Internet connection

Use the steps in this section to set up a new wireless Internet connection on your HP Chromebook.
  1. Click the status area of the taskbar, and then click Settings .
    Figure 1: Settings
    Status area menu with Settings selected
  2. In the Internet connection section of the Settings page, click Add connection , and then select Add Wi-Fi from the drop-down menu.
    Figure 2: Add connection
    Add connection in the Internet connection section of the Settings page
  3. Enter the network details, and then click Connect .
    Figure 3: Add Wi-Fi example: Join Wi-Fi network
    Join Wi-Fi network window
    You should see a wireless signal ion in the status area of the taskbar, indicating that your Chromebook is connected to the Internet.
    To learn more about using a Wi-Fi connection on your Chromebook, refer to Connect to Wi-Fi (in English) from Chrome OS Help.

Adding a wired Internet connection

Plug an Ethernet cable into the Ethernet jack on your Chromebook to begin using a wired Internet connection. To learn more about using a wired network connection on your Chromebook, refer to Connect to a wired network (in English) from Chrome OS Help.

Using a mobile network connection

Mobile networks allow you to access the Internet from any location, without connecting to Wi-Fi or plugging in a cable. See Mobile networks for Chromebooks (in English) from Chrome OS Help for more information.

Setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection is used to connect your Chromebook to a private network, for example at your workplace or at school. For detailed information about setting up a VPN connection, including steps to install certificates (if needed), see Set up virtual private networks (VPNs) (in English) from Chrome OS Help.

Configuring proxy settings

If you are using your Chromebook in a workplace that uses a proxy server, you may need to configure the proxy settings before you can establish an Internet connection. Use the following steps to input the proxy information:
  1. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Chromebook.
  2. Click the status area of the taskbar, and then click Settings .
    Figure 4: Settings
    Status area menu with Settings selected
  3. In the Internet connection section of the Settings page, place a check mark next to Allow proxies for shared networks .
  4. Click Ethernet .
    Figure 5: Ethernet
    Ethernet in Internet connection settings
  5. Click the Proxy tab.
  6. Select Manual proxy configuration .
    Figure 6: Manual proxy configuration
    Manual proxy configuration
  7. Place a check mark next to Use the same proxy for all protocols .
    Figure 7: Use the same proxy for all protocols
    Use the same proxy for all protocols
  8. Enter the HTTP proxy and Port information for your proxy server.
  9. The proxy settings are saved automatically. Click Close .
    If you are still experiencing trouble connecting to the Internet, contact the IT department that monitors your business network.
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