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How to Connect to a Wireless Network in Windows 8

How to Connect to a Wireless Network in Windows 8

Jul 11, 2012

“I just set up a wireless network in my house and had no trouble getting my older computers connected. However, I don’t know anything about the ins and outs of wireless networking on newer Windows 8-based computers. How do I connect to a wireless network in Windows 8?”

When you try to connect a Windows 8-based computer to a wireless network for the first time, the first thing you’re likely to notice is that the process of connecting to a network hasn’t changed much; if anything, it’s just simpler and has a friendlier interface. Let’s walk through the process of connecting Windows 8 to a wireless network.
Windows 8 Wireless Network

  1. Click the wireless connection icon Windows 8 Wireless Connection in the lower-right corner of the screen. Alternatively, move the mouse to the upper-right corner of the screen to open the Charms menu, select Settings and then click the wireless connection icon near the bottom of the expanded menu. Opening this screen displays a list of the nearby wireless access points that Windows 8 detects.
  2. Click the name of the wireless network to which you want to connect.
  3. Click the Connect automatically check box to have Windows 8 connect to this wireless network automatically when your computer is within range.
  4. Click the Connect button to connect to the network. If the network requires an encryption key, Windows prompts you to enter the key.
  5. Type the encryption key and click the Next button to connect to the network.