Connecting to Wireless Networks
Today, we’re almost always connected. We go from the corporate network at work to Bluetooth or mobile connectivity on the road to Wi-Fi at the neighborhood coffee shop. Windows 8.1 makes the change right along with you, discovering networks in your area and giving you the ability to connect (if you have the password or network key, of course) by simply tapping the connection you want to make. You can easily switch among networks by using the Networks tool in the Settings charm.
Connecting to an Available Network
Your first step to getting online involves taking a look at all the networks Windows 8.1 is aware of and choosing the one you want to use.
- Swipe left, or point the mouse to the lower-right corner of the Start screen to display the Windows 8.1 Charms bar.
Tap or click Settings.
Tap or click the network icon displaying your current Internet connection. Windows 8.1 lists all network connections in your area.
- Tap or click the connection you want to change.
- If you want Windows 8.1 to connect to the network automatically whenever it’s present, click or tap the Connect Automatically check box.
Tap or click Connect to connect to the network immediately. Similarly, if you want to disconnect from a network to which you’re connected, tap or click the Disconnect button.