Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1.


Connect Surface to a wireless network

With its built-in Wi-Fi, you can connect Surface to a wireless network and browse the Internet, get apps from the Windows Store, send email messages, and access other computers and devices on your network.


Connect to a wireless network

Connect to Wi-Fi

Step 1: Swipe in from the right-edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click the wireless network Wireless network icon icon.
A list of available wireless networks appears.
Step 3: Tap or click a wireless network to connect to it.
Step 4: Tap or click Connect.
If prompted, type your network security key (network password), and then tap or click Next.
If you need help finding your wireless network password, see How to find your wireless network password.
Step 5: Choose whether you want to share with other computers and devices on the network (if prompted).
Choose No if you’re connecting to a network in a public place like a café.
Step 6: To see if you’re online, go to the Start screen and tap or click Internet Explorer.
Some wireless networks may require you to enter a password in a browser window.
Notes
  • Surface supports the Wireless-n standard; you’ll be able to connect no matter what standard (a, b, g, or n) your router is using.
  • If you’re having trouble finding your wireless network in the list of available networks your wireless router might not be set to broadcast its network ID (SSID). To turn on SSID broadcasting, refer to the info that came with the wireless router. For more info about how to connect to a hidden wireless network, see “How do I connect to a hidden wireless network?” in Wired and wireless network problems.
  • If you have problems connecting to a Wi-Fi network, see Can’t connect to a wireless network?

Connect to mobile broadband

If you have Surface 2 with mobile broadband, you can also connect to a mobile broadband network. Here’s how:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right-edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click the wireless network Wireless network icon icon.
Step 3: Under Mobile broadband, choose the name of your operator, for example, AT&T (4G LTE).
If you want to connect to this network every time it's in range, choose Connect automatically. Windows will automatically switch from Wi-Fi to mobile broadband as needed. You might incur extra charges if you allow roaming.
Step 4: Choose Connect.

For more info, see Set up your Surface 2: Mobile broadband (4G).

If you have problems connecting to mobile broadband, see Can’t connect to mobile broadband?

Disconnect from a wireless network

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click the wireless network Wireless network icon icon.
If you’re connected to a network, the network name appears below the wireless bars.
Step 3: Tap or click the network with a Connected status.
Step 4: Tap or click Disconnect.

Forget a wireless network

You can choose to forget a wireless network so that it no longer appears in your list of networks. Here’s how:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings, tap or click Network, and then tap or click Connections.
Step 3: Under Wi-Fi, tap or click Manage known networks.
Step 4: In the list of networks that appears under Choose a network to forget, tap or click any network, and then tap or click Forget.

Airplane mode

If you’re travelling on an airplane or if you don’t need to use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth® devices for a while, you can turn on Airplane mode. Using this setting can help extend your battery charge.

To turn Airplane mode on and off

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click the wireless network Wireless network icon icon.
Step 3: Slide Airplane mode to On or Off.
Note

When Airplane mode is on, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned off.



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