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How to Connect To a Wireless Network in Windows 10

information   Information
When you connect to a new wireless network, Windows will create a profile for the wireless network. A wireless (Wi-Fi) network profile contains the SSID (network name), password key, and security information to be able to connect to a wireless network.

This tutorial will show you how to manually set up and connect to a wireless network on your PC in Windows 10.

Note   Note
Windows will usually automatically connect to networks in this priority order:
  • Ethernet
  • Wi‑Fi (wireless)
  • Mobile broadband

When you connect to a new Wi‑Fi network, itís added to the list, and Windows will connect to that network while itís in range. If you connect to another Wi‑Fi network while in range of the first network, Windows will prefer the second network over the first one.

Mobile broadband networks are treated differently. If you manually connect to a mobile broadband network when there is a Wi‑Fi network in range, the mobile broadband network is preferred just for that session. The next time youíre in range of both networks, the Wi‑Fi network is preferred. This is because mobile broadband networks typically are metered.

If you want to force your PC to prefer a mobile broadband network over Wi‑Fi, tap or click the Wi‑Fi network in the list of networks, and then click Disconnect. Windows wonít automatically connect to that Wi‑Fi network.

Tip   Tip
To be able to set up and add a wireless network connection on your PC, you will need to know the information listed below from your wireless router or access point.

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CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Connect to Wireless Network in Network and Sharing Center
  • Option Two: Connect to Available Wireless Network in Settings app
  • Option Three: Connect to Hidden Wireless Network in Settings app
  • Option Four: Connect to Available Wireless Network in Network Flyout
  • Option Five: Connect to Hidden Wireless Network in Network Flyout
  • Option Six: Connect to Existing Wireless Network Profile in Command Prompt







Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10
Connect to Wireless Network in Network and Sharing Center

1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to open the Network and Sharing Center.

2. Right click or press and hold on the wireless network system icon on the taskbar, click/tap on Open Network and Sharing Center, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon, and go to step 4 below.

4. In the Network and Sharing Center, click/tap on Set up a new connection or network. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on Manually connect to a wireless network, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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6. Enter the information for the wireless network you want to add and connect to, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

Note   Note
This would be the information from the yellow tip box at the top of the tutorial from your router or access point.

Start this connection automatically = You would check this box to place this wireless connection at the top of the connection priority order to automatically connect to when it's in range.

Connect even if the network is not broadcasting = This is to be able to automatically connect to the wireless network when it's not broadcasting it's SSID (network name).


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7. If you are connecting to an existing wireless network profile on your PC, then click tap on Use the existing network, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

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8. If you are connecting to a new wireless network that you do not have a profile for on the PC, then click/tap on Close, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

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9. You may also wish to set this wireless network connection to be a private or public location.

10. When finished, you can close the Network and Sharing Center if you like.





Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10
Connect to Available Wireless Network in Settings app

1. Open the Settings app, and click/tap on the Network & Internet icon.

2. Click/tap on Wi-Fi in the left pane, click/tap on the Show available networks link under Wi-Fi on the right side, and go to Option Four below. (see screenshot below)

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Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10
Connect to Hidden Wireless Network in Settings app

1. Open the Settings app, and click/tap on the Network & Internet icon.

2. Click/tap on Wi-Fi in the left pane, click/tap on the Show available networks link under Wi-Fi on the right side, and go to Option Five below. (see screenshot below)

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Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10
Connect to Available Wireless Network in Network Flyout

1. Click/tap on the wireless network icon in the taskbar notification area, and click/tap on an available wireless network (ex: Brink-Router2) that you want to connect to. (see screenshot below)

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2. Check Connect automatically if you like, then click/tap on Connect. (see screenshot below)

Note   Note
You would check the Connect automatically box if you want Windows to place this wireless connection at the top of the connection priority order to automatically connect to this wireless network when it's in range.

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3. If you are connecting to an existing wireless network profile on your PC, then you will see this below. Go to step 6 below.

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4. If you didn't already have a profile for this wireless network, and this is a secured wireless network connection, then you will need to enter the security key (password) of the wireless router or access point, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If you have turned on Connect to networks shared by your contacts, then also check (on) uncheck (off) Share network with my contacts for what you want.


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5. Click/tap on Yes (private) or No (public) for this wireless network connection to be set as a private or public location. (see screenshot below)

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6. You are now connected to the wireless network (ex: Brink-Router), and have added it as a wireless network profile on your PC if it's not already.





Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10
Connect to Hidden Wireless Network in Network Flyout

1. Click/tap on the wireless network icon in the taskbar notification area, and click/tap on Hidden network at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

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2. Check Connect automatically if you like, then click/tap on Connect. (see screenshot below)

Note   Note
You would check the Connect automatically box if you want Windows to place this wireless connection at the top of the connection priority order to automatically connect to this wireless network when it's in range.

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3. If this is a secured wireless network connection, then you will need to enter the SSID (ex: Brink-Router2) name of the wireless router or access point, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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4. If this is a secured wireless network connection, then you will need to enter the security key (password) of the wireless router or access point, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If you have turned on Connect to networks shared by your contacts, then also check (on) uncheck (off) Share network with my contacts for what you want.


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4. Click/tap on Yes (private) or No (public) for this wireless network connection to be set as a private or public location. (see screenshot below)

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5. You are now connected to the hidden wireless network (ex: Brink-Router2), and have added it as a wireless network profile on your PC if it's not already.





Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Wireless Network - Connect To in Windows 10
Connect to Existing Wireless Network Profile in Command Prompt


Note   Note
You will only be able to use this option to connect to an existing wireless network profile on your PC.


1. Open a command prompt.

2. In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: This command will give you a list of all wireless network profiles on each interface on your PC.

netsh wlan show profiles

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3. In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

netsh wlan connect name="Name of wireless network profile"

For example, if I wanted to connect to my Brink-Router2 wireless network profile listed in step 2 above, I would type the command below exactly.

netsh wlan connect name="Brink-Router2"

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4. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.



That's it,
Shawn