Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3.


Connect Surface to a wired network

You can connect Surface Pro to a wired network using Surface Ethernet Adapter.


Connect to a wired network

Here’s how to connect your Surface to a wired network:

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Step 1:  Plug an Ethernet adapter (sold separately) into the USB port on your Surface. See Surface features for info on the location of the USB port on your Surface.
Step 2:  Plug an Ethernet cable into the adapter.
Step 3:  Plug the other end of the cable into your router or an Ethernet network port.
Step 4:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)
Step 5:  Tap or click the wired network Wired network icon icon.
Step 6:  If prompted, type your username and password, then tap or click Next.
If you don't know this info, check with your network administrator.
Step 7:  To see if you’re online, go to the Start screen and tap or click Internet Explorer.

Can’t get online?

If Surface doesn’t connect to the Internet using your wired connection, you may need to install or update your network adapter driver first using a wireless network. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Unplug the Ethernet adapter from your Surface.
Step 2:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)
Step 3:  Tap or click the wireless network Wireless network icon icon, and tap or click a wireless network, then tap or click Connect.
Step 4:  Once connected to a wireless network, plug the Ethernet adapter back into the USB port on your Surface. Windows Update should install the appropriate driver for your Ethernet adapter.
Step 5:  Repeat the Connect to a wired network steps above.

If you still can’t get online using a wired network connection, see Wired and wireless network problems?

Compatibility

Surface Pro is compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 8.1. To see what USB Ethernet adapters are compatible with your Surface, see the Windows Compatibility Center.


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