How Do I connect to a Wireless Network in Windows 8/8.1?

Last Update Date : Apr 25. 2018

Wireless Network

Important: If you are setting up your wireless router or access point for the first time, be sure to complete the router's or the access point's initial setup before continuing. Consult the documentation that came with your wireless router or access point for information about how to complete the initial setup.

This guide explains how to connect your PC to a wireless network.

Before connecting your computer to your wireless network, you will need the following information from your router or access point:

    • The SSID (or Network Name)

    • The type of security encryption if any (WEP, WPA, etc.)

    • The security encryption key or passphrase

    • The wireless standard used by your network (802.11a/b/g/n). Not all computers are compatible with all wireless standards. Check the specifications page of your user's manual for details.

If you are unsure of any of this information, contact your network administrator, internet provider or the manufacturer of your router or access point.

Connecting to Your Wireless Network

To connect your PC to your wireless network, follow these steps:

1. Make sure your wireless LAN is on by pressing the Fn key and the F key that displays a Wireless Icon. On most laptops this is the F12 key though it can also be the F9 or F8 key.

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2. Move your mouse icon to the top right of your display and then move it vertically down the screen to access the Charms menu. You can also press the Windows + C keys on your keyboard.

3. In the Charms menu, select Settings.


4. In the Settings Menu, click on the Wireless symbol.


5. A list of available wireless networks will appear. Click on the name of your wireless network and then click Connect.


6. If prompted, enter your wireless encryption key or passphrase in the field and then click OK.


7. You are finished connecting to your wireless network.

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