Previous editions of Windows allowed users to create ad hoc wireless connections between computers. You could use those connections to create a wireless network between multiple computers or to share the Internet connection that was available on one of them. This can no longer be done in Windows 8.1, at least not using a visual interface and the mouse. However, with the help of the Command Prompt and a few commands, you too can turn your Windows 8.1 laptop or hybrid device into a WiFi access point. Here's how:
How to connect to wireless networks & how to manage them in Windows. How to solve problems and conflicts.
Many wireless routers were launched which promised compatibility with the latest wireless networking standard - 802.11ac. While this is good, it doesn't mean that all of them offer a wide coverage and a strong signal in larger apartments and homes. When you don't have the WiFi coverage you want, it is a good idea to consider buying a range extender. While you may find many range extenders on the market, very few of them offer compatibility with the 802.11ac wireless networking standard. Luckily ASUS has launched the RP-AC52 Dual-band Wireless-AC750 range extender which is capable of extending both older wireless networks running at the 2.4 GHz frequency as well as modern networks using the 5 GHz frequency and the 802.11ac standard. Learn how well it works and whether it is worth buying, from this detailed review.
While connecting to a broadcasting wireless network in Windows is a very simple process, the same can't be said of a hidden network. By not broadcasting its SSID (service set identifier), or network name, a hidden network is not visible in the list of available networks you can access from your computer. You'll need to know the SSID, as well as all of the other security information before you can connect. Read on for step-by-step instructions for connecting to a hidden network in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
In a previous tutorial, we've shown how to turn any Windows 8.1 laptop or device into a WiFi access point. The process involved creating a virtual wireless network adapter that was used to broadcast the wireless network. When you are done using your Windows 8.1 device as a WiFi access point, it is good to disable and remove the virtual wireless network adapter that you have created. Here’s how this is done:
Windows 8 and 8.1 provide a simple interface for connecting to wireless networks. The procedure varies depending on whether or not the network broadcasts its name (also known as SSID - Service Set Identifier). If the name is broadcast, connecting to the network is as simple as entering a password. But enough talk, let's see how it works:
In this review I take a close look at another wireless adapter from ASUS. This time I have tested ASUS USB-AC56 - a USB adapter which was designed to work on both desktop computers and laptops. After a couple of days of regular use, I can share my conclusions. Read on to learn whether this wireless adapter is a good choice for you.
Have you considered removing the network cables in your house and going full-wireless, including on your desktop PCs? If you have, then you should consider purchasing a wireless adapter for your desktop computers. ASUS PCE-AC68 is one such device that is able to work with all modern wireless standards, including 802.11ac. We were very curious to test it and learn more about what you lose when you recplace your wired Ethernet connection with a wireless one. We also wanted to see how well this device fares when compared to the wireless network cards found in most laptops and tablets. Read this review to learn what we have found.
As soon as I installed Windows 8.1 on my laptop, I noticed a pretty big annoyance: the absence of the "Forget this network" option in the Networks pane. I was left with no intuitive way of removing wireless networks that no longer worked because their password has been changed. How do you get around this problem and remove wireless networks in Windows 8.1? Let's find out in this tutorial.
I live in a reasonably large apartment and I have a few rooms where the signal of my wireless network is not that great. That's why I was very curious to test a wireless range extender and see whether it can deliver a much required boost in those problematic rooms. We have received the RP-N14 range extender from ASUS - an affordable device for people who want to improve and extend the coverage of their 2.4GHz wireless networks. We tested it for about a week and now we are ready to share our conclusions. Is the ASUS RP-N14 a good purchase to make when you need to extend the range of your wireless network? Let's find out from this review:
If you have a Windows 8.1 laptop, tablet or hybrid that you can connect to wireless networks, you may need or want to use the WPS standard to make quicker connections to some networks. If that is the case for you, here's how to connect any Windows 8.1 device to a wireless network by using the WPS feature on any router.
If you have configured a wireless router on your own, you have encountered the term WPS in its configuration menus. Or you have have seen a button named WPS alongside all the ethernet ports on the router's back. Do you know what WPS is? What does it stand for and how is it used? Which devices and operating systems provide support for WPS? Learn the answers to these questions and more, from this tutorial.
If you are a mobile user who travels a lot, then you need a way to work or have fun, while flying. Luckily, just like any smartphone operating system, Windows 8.1 has a feature named Airplane mode. You can turn it on so that you can use your laptop or tablet while flying. Here's what Airplane mode does, why you should use it and how.