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How to connect to your Wi-Fi network - Windows 8

Summary: Step by step instructions showing how to connect to a wireless network using Windows 8.

This guide will show you how to connect a Windows 8 computer or tablet to a wireless router supplied by Plusnet. You should be able to use it with other wireless routers as long as you know the Wireless Name (SSID) and password of the network you're connecting to.

Know your wireless name (SSID) and password

On a Plusnet router, the wireless name (SSID) will start with Plusnetand may have extra letters or numbers at the end, e.g. PlusnetWireless123456 or PlusnetABC123.

Your wireless password (also known as the wireless key or WPA PSK) is 10 characters long.

You'll find both printed on the bottom of your router and setup sticker (if included with your router).

Wi-Fi details
  1. From the Start Screen or the desktop, open the Charms bar and choose Settings.

    Bring up the 'Settings charm'.
  2. Select the wireless icon from the panel at the bottom of the Charms bar.

    Choose the wireless icon.
  3. You'll see a list of networks you can connect to. Choose your router's Wireless name on the list (it'll start with PlusnetWireless) and select Connect.

    Select your network and click connect.
  4. You'll be asked for the network security key. This is the Wireless key (or WPA-PSK key) shown on the bottom of your router. Enter the key and click OK.

    Having problems with this step?

    • Your wireless key is case sensitive, watch out for upper and lower case letters
    • Watch out for 0, that's a number zero rather than a letter O
    Enter your wireless key.
  5. Next you'll be asked about setting up sharing. Choose the appropriate option to continue.

    Choose a location for your network.
  6. You're now connected to your wireless network. Open your web browser to start browsing!

If you want to check your connection, the wireless icon in the settings 'charm' shows what's going on. The bars indicate the signal strength and you can hover your mouse over the icon to see the name of the wireless network you're currently connected to.

The wireless icon in the 'Settings' charm menu shows the details of your current connection.

You can also see this information on the desktop, displayed in the same manner as Windows 7.

You can also see this information in Desktop mode.


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