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Connect to secure Wi-Fi networks on Windows Vista*, Windows 7* and Windows 8*

Connecting to a secure Wi-Fi network varies by Operating System. Windows Vista* and Windows 7* use the same method, Windows 8* uses a different method.

Windows 8

Select one of the methods below to access the WiFi Connection Utility.

  • Select Windows 8 UI mode > Charms > Settings > WiFi
  • Select Desktop mode > Charms > Settings > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Connect to a network

Connect to a Secure WiFi Network

  1. Select the wireless network.
  2. Select connect automatically if you would like to automatically attempt connection to this network when using Wi-Fi.
  3. Select Connect.
  4. Type in the security key or passphrase configured on your Wi-Fi access point (AP) or router.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select an option to turn on sharing between PCs and connect to devices on this network.
  7. You should see Connected next to the name of the wireless network.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

The Network and Sharing Center can be used to connect to a secure Wi-Fi network.

Access the Network and Sharing Center

  • Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center
  • Start > Network > Network and Sharing Center
  • Right-click the network system tray icon (the icon that displays two computer monitors) > Network and Sharing Center

Connect to a Secure WiFi Network

Follow these steps to connect to a secure Wi-Fi network from the Network and Sharing Center.

  1. Select Manage wireless networks.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Select Add a network that is in range of this computer. In this example, wireless-n is the network that will be added.
    Note This selection shows a list of unsecured networks within the local area. Many network names, known as SSIDs, have security enabled. Connecting to these networks requires that the user know the correct passphrase or preshared key.

  4. Select wireless-n.

  5. Click Connect.
  6. Type in the security key or passphrase configured on your Wi-Fi access point (AP) or router.
    Note It is not recommended that you select Display characters because this selection will allow anyone around you to see the characters and will compromise network security.

  7. Click Connect. If the network addition is successful, you will see a window with the message: "Successfully connected to wireless-n".

  8. Select Save this network if you do not want to manually create this connection/profile every time you would like to access the network.
  9. Select Start this connection automatically if you would like to automatically attempt connection to this network when using Wi-Fi.
  10. Click Close.

If you return to Manage wireless networks at this point, you will see that wireless-n is now listed.

Related Topics

Operating System:

Windows Vista *, Windows 7 *

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® WiFi Link 1000
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Intel® Wireless-N 7260

Solution ID: CS-025382
Last Modified: 09-Apr-2014
Date Created: 08-Jan-2007
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