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.
- Click the wireless connection icon 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.
- Click the name of the wireless network to which you want to connect.
- Click the Connect automatically check box to have Windows 8 connect to this wireless network automatically when your computer is within range.
- Click the Connect button to connect to the network. If the network requires an encryption key, Windows prompts you to enter the key.
- Type the encryption key and click the Next button to connect to the network.