How To Connect To A Wireless Network in Windows 8

If you’re looking to set up a Wireless Network on you Windows 8 device then follow this simple step-by-step guide.

Wireless Network in Windows 8

Pretty much all devices these days will have an inbuilt wireless connection that allows you to join available wireless networks.

Often times we now find ourselves connecting to different wireless access pointes throughout the course of the day depending on our situation.

Windows 8 and 8.1 make it as easy as possible to join by simply viewing the Networks panel.

Step 1

If you are using a touch based device you can simply Swipe Inward from the right side to open the Charms. You can alternatively press (Windows) + (C).


Once there select settings to access the contextual setting for the Start screen.


Click the wireless network icon. This will be the first of six icons at the end of the Settings panel. This will of course open the Networks panel.



Once you have opened the Networks panel simply select the network you wish to connect to. If the network is unsecured it will have an exclamation mark beside it. You will also be able to view the network name and the strength of the network here.



Connect to the network. You may be asked for a security key unless it is an unsecured network.


If the connection is successful you will be able to see “Connected” visible below your chosen Network. If there is some issue with the connection – for example it has no current internet access – it will say “Limited” below your chosen Network and it might be worth troubleshooting some common errors. Often this may appear only briefly after an initial connection.


If this is your first time connecting to the network it will ask you whether you want to enable sharing and connection to other devices. Always select no if you are using a public network for your own security.

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