A GUI is provided for setting up WiFi connections in the current Raspbian release.
WiFi connections can be made via the network icon at the right-hand end of the menu bar. If a WiFi dongle is plugged in, left-clicking this icon will bring up a list of available WiFi networks, as shown below. 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.
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 is secured, a dialogue box is shown prompting you to enter the network key:
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 is ready, the icon stops flashing and shows the signal strength.