Solved Windows 8.1 won't give option to connect to wifi securely

Dell Dell inspiron 15r i15rn5110-7223dbk...
December 11, 2013 at 21:27:14
Specs: Windows 8.1, Haswell i7
Windows 8.1 won't give option to connect to wifi securely

Can 8.1 only be connected by using an 8 digit pin? I can't find any other way to do this.

I have heard that 8.1 has eliminated WPA, so maybe the pin automatically does WPA2? TOTALLY unclear!!! But it seems that WPA2 should have a longer entry than 8 digits!?!

I REALLY want to use WPA2, but this option cannot be specifically found. It just asks for the PIN.

Please give very clear step by step instructions, as NOTHING about this is clear or obvious.


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December 18, 2013 at 22:08:42
THE ANSWER IS - Windoze 8.1 apparently will utilize the 8 digit pin to connect to WPA2. Further checks will prove this at all connection points, but it will be about 10 days until I can finalize this.


#1
December 11, 2013 at 23:19:00
It is the wireless router that determines which level of security is used, not the client computer. Windows 8 can use any of the encryption levels. Check the settings on your router.

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#2
December 12, 2013 at 18:32:54
If this is the case, why does one of the routers used with this computer have 4 different ID numbers on it, of which I think 2 of them are for various levels of security :
1) WPS PIN (used on this computer)
2) WPA2 Key

Unless 8.1 uses the PIN for WPA2, which doesn't seem to match normal processes? AND other devices with a secure connection require the WPA2?!?

See " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_... ", which advises against use of WPS.

Also see " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_... ", which supports the use of WPA2. And " http://www.pcworld.com/article/2437... " .

Also, it's 8.1 !!!!! that I'm asking about, not 8.0 !!!!! They are different!!!


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#3
December 12, 2013 at 23:04:57
I repeat, check the settings on your router to see what level of encryption is enabled.

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#4
December 12, 2013 at 23:27:54
Both routers have other machines on them which are clearly WPA2, so it seems to me that might be a confusion to determining how the machine in question is connected?

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#5
December 13, 2013 at 01:30:37
Have you actually tried using that WPA2 key? It can be between 8 and 63 characters. Does the key that you use with other devices not work with your Windows 8 (that covers both the original 8.0 and 8.1) installation?

I can assure you that Windows 8.1 has no problem connecting to a WPA2 device.


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#6
December 13, 2013 at 09:13:21
That defines the problem - there is no way I can find to use the WPA2 key. It only asks for, and will only accept, the 8 digit PIN.

I can't find any way to use the WPA2 key. That is what I want to do... just can't do it.


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December 18, 2013 at 22:08:42
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THE ANSWER IS - Windoze 8.1 apparently will utilize the 8 digit pin to connect to WPA2. Further checks will prove this at all connection points, but it will be about 10 days until I can finalize this.

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