If your Windows 10 device comes with a wireless network adapter, then it can be configured to connect to a wireless network in advance. You can define a wireless network profile for a network which is currently out of range in order to connect to it later. Sometimes this is very useful.
Wi-Fi is a technology which allows a user to connect to a wireless local area network (WLAN). It is a communications standard that describes how high-frequency radio waves can be used to provide wireless high-speed Internet and network connections.
Wi-Fi hardware can be embedded in your device's motherboard or it can be installed as an internal module inside the device. Wireless network adapters exist as an external device which can be connected to a USB port.
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Add a Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10
You may need to create a profile for a wireless network which is currently out of range, making the OS able to connect to it later when then that network becomes reachable. Here is how it can be done.
To add a Wireless Network profile in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open Settings.
- Navigate to Network & Internet.
- On the left, click on Wi-Fi.
- On the right, click on the link Manage known networks.
- On the next page, click on Add a new network.
- Provide the parameters of your network, such as the wireless network name (SSID), security type, the password, and change any other parameter you need.
- Click on the Save button.
The next time the network will be in range, your device will connect to it automatically.
As of this writing, the same can be done using the classic Control Panel.
Add a Wireless Network Profile using the Control Panel
- Open the Control Panel.
- Go to the following location: Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center.
- On the right, click on the link Set up a new connection or network.
- In the setup dialog, select the option Manually connect to a wireless network.
- On the next page, provide the parameters of your network, such as the wireless network name (SSID), security type, the password, and change any other parameter you need.
- The next time the network will be in range, your device will connect to it automatically.
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