Sep 17, 2014

How to connect to hidden WiFi network with Windows 8?

What do I need to do in order to connect a Windows 8 laptop to a hidden WiFi network?


 Desktop is a right-click the networking icon and click Open Network and Sharing Center.

Set up a new connection or network

Select Manually connect to a wireless network and click Next.

Enter  all information you need and press Next.

That's it!

Looks like Number6 already answered this, but here's a link to Microsoft's Windows 8 support page in case anything else comes up:


You will need to get the SSID and enter it manually. Here are instructions from Microsoft:



1. Gather the following info:

Network ID (SSID), which is the name that would typically appear in the list of available networks

Type of security (WPA, WPA2, WEP, or 802.1X)

Type of encryption

Security key


2. Connect to a network by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Settings (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Settings), and then tapping or clicking the network icon. Tap or click the network you want to connect to, and then tap or click Connect.


3. Tap or click Hidden network, tap or click Connect, and then enter the network info.

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