Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking Connecting a PC to a Wireless Home Network Troubleshooting a connection on Windows by Mark Baggesen Writer Mark Baggesen is a former Lifewire writer who has 20+ years' experience and has in web development, communications, web analytics, and databases. our editorial process LinkedIn Mark Baggesen Updated on October 09, 2020 Home Networking The Wireless Connection Routers & Firewalls Network Hubs ISP Broadband Ethernet Installing & Upgrading Wi-Fi & Wireless Tweet Share Email Using a computer without an internet connection is virtually impossible now, especially with our dependence on cloud computing. Follow these steps if you're having issues connecting your PC to your wireless network and get back online. Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10. Adding a New Wireless Network To create a connection to a wireless home network or public WiFi, first, you must configure a WiFi connection. To do this, do the following steps: Select Start then Settings (cogwheel). Within Windows Settings, select Network & Internet. Select Status on the left panel to see what your current connectivity status is. Select Show available networks. If available, a list of available WiFi connections will appear from the System Tray. Select the desired connection and select Connect. If prompted, Enter the network security key and select Next. Connection should complete. To remember the connection, select Connect automatically. If you are in a public place (some airports, municipal buildings, hospitals) that has WiFi service, the network you connect to may be "open" (meaning no security). These networks are open, without passwords, so that people can easily log in and connect to the Internet. You should not have to worry that this network is open if you have an active Firewall and security software on your computer. Repairing a WiFi Connection Via Settings You may have already setup a WiFi connection, but it's simply not connecting. There are a couple of ways to run the Windows Network Diagnostics. Below is how to get started through Settings. Select Start then Settings (cogwheel). Within Windows Settings, select Network & Internet. Select Status on the left panel to see what your current connectivity status is. Select Show available networks. If you see available networks and adding them has failed, select Troubleshoot. Windows will scan for possible issues, if any are found a new dialog box will open giving you a possible fix. Select Apply this fix to apply possible solution. Windows Troubleshooter will apply solution and verify issue has been fixed. If Windows Network Diagnostics couldn't fix the issue it will offer another possible solution. Select Apply this fix to attempt repair. If the Troubleshooter is unable to fix the issue, you'll be given a list of possible issues and their statuses. You may have to look at other possible troubleshooting steps to fix your issue. If successful, you'll see Fixed next to the solution. Select Close to complete. You may see an error about a missing or broken network cable is Detected. If you are running on wireless only, disregard as this is referring to your physical Ethernet connection. Repairing a WiFi Connection Via Network and Sharing Center Windows 10 still contains some of it's older Control Panel settings much like Windows 7. To troubleshoot your WiFi connection via the Network and Sharing Center, do the following: In the Search bar, enter Control Panel, then select Open. Select Network and Internet in the Control Panel. Under Network and Sharing Center, select View network status and tasks. Under Change your networking settings, select Troubleshoot problems. Under Get up and running, select Internet Connections. Select Run the troubleshooter. Select Troubleshoot my connection to the Internet. After scanning for possible issues\fixes, Windows Network Diagnostics may provide a fix. Select Apply the fix to complete repair. If the Troubleshooter is unable to fix the issue, you'll be given a list of possible issues and their statuses. You may have to look at other possible troubleshooting steps to fix your issue. View Your Network Connection The Network and Sharing Center should now show your computer connected to the selected network. It also shows a lot of information about Sharing and Discovery settings. The status window provides a wealth of information about your network connection. To see this information, click the View Status link, next to the network name in the center of the screen. In the Search bar, enter Control Panel, then select Open. Under Network and Internet in the Control Panel select View network status and tasks. Under View your active networks, on the right side, select your active connection. In Wi-Fi Status, you can see Connection details, Wireless Properties, and even Diagnose your connection. Once you're finished, select Close. Viewing Network Connection Settings Via Network & Internet Settings Select Network & Internet settings located in the System Tray (WiFI symbol). Select the connected WiFi connection, then select Properties. From here, you can see what type of network it is (Public or Private), Configure firewall and security settings, and additional Properties of your network connection (speed, protocol, IP address, etc.).