How do I connect to a wireless network using Windows 8?
Step 1: Summon the Charms bar and click or tap the Settings icon.
Any of these three tricks summons the Charms bar and its Settings screen:
- Mouse: Point at the screen’s top- or bottom-right edge; when the Charms bar appears, click the Settings icon.
- Keyboard: Press Windows+I to head straight for the Charms bar’s Settings screen.
- Touchscreen: Slide your finger inward from the screen’s right edge; when the Charms bar appears, tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Click or tap the wireless network icon.
Among the Settings screen’s six bottom icons, the one in the top left represents wireless networks. The icon changes shape, depending on your surroundings:
- Available: When the icon says Available you’re within range of a wireless network.
- Unavailable: When the icon says Unavailable you’re out of range.
Step 3: Click or tap the Available icon if it’s present.
Windows lists all the wireless networks within range of your device. Don’t be surprised to see several networks listed.
Step 4: Choose to connect to the desired network by clicking its name and clicking the Connect button.
If you select the adjacent Connect Automatically check box before clicking the Connect button, Windows automatically connects to that network the next time you’re within range, sparing you from connecting manually each time.
Step 5: Enter the wireless network key located on your cable modem or the passphrase you have created. To locate your key, click here.
Step 6: Choose whether you want to share your files with other people on the network.