Connecting your Windows 8 and higher operating system computers to the wireless network

Connecting your wireless Windows 8 and higher computers to the router can be done in a few steps.  But, before connecting it to a Linksys wireless router, check on the following items first.

Wireless settings

Prepare the settings listed below:

  • Wireless network name (SSID) – the name of your wireless network
  • Wireless security type – the mode and encryption used by the router
  • Network security key or Passphrase – the password used to connect wirelessly

Don’t have the wireless settings? Click here to retrieve them.

Other things that you need to do:

  • Ensure that your laptop or computer has wireless capability.
  • Check the wireless switch and make sure it is ON.  If you don’t know how to turn it ON, contact your laptop’s manufacturer for assistance in enabling the wireless capability.
  • Ensure that your computer is just about three (3) to 10 feet away from the router when trying to connect to your wireless network.

Once the above items are checked, you can now start connecting your router to the network.

Step 1:
Press the Windows  key + D on your keyboard to show the Desktop.

NOTE:  In Windows 10, the Desktop is automatically shown.

Step 2:
Click on the Wireless  icon on the system tray.  The list of available wireless networks will be displayed.


Step 3:
Select your network from the list and click Connect.

QUICK TIP:  If you wish to connect to the network automatically upon startup, check Connect automatically.

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Step 4:
Enter your network security key or passphrase and click Next.

Step 5:
If you are setting up a home network, select Yes, turn on sharing and connect to devices.

The status of the wireless connection will be displayed.  The Wireless  icon on the system tray will be displayed once the computer is successfully connected to the network.


NOTE:  For video instructions on how to connect your Windows computer to the wireless network, click here.

Troubleshooting issues while connecting to the router

If the above steps did not work successfully, try removing the old wireless profiles first and try connecting again following the same steps.  Click on the link below to know how.

Removing wireless network profiles or preferred networks

Related Article:

Connecting a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer to a hidden network

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