I plugged in my Linklsys USB Network Adpater.
It appears under: Control Panel / network & Internet / Network Connections
And is indicates that the signal is strong.
I right mouse click on it and select Connect/Disconnect
A blue panel slides in from the RHS of the screen.
It says: Networks. View Connection Settings. No connections are available.
I click 'view connection settings',
It says 'Not connected' - so I click on that
which takes me to a page of properties.
What I am looking for is the button for "CONNECT TO THIS ADAPTER".
What is frustrating is that there is no clear indication if Windows 8 cant deal with the adapter or if I just havent got to the settings page for the adapter.
Under Properties > Configure, it says it is working properly and the driver is upto date.
I also clicked 'Diagnose' but it couldn't identify the problem (though I dont know if there is a problem).
I tried the same thing on a windows 7 PC in the same room and it worked fine.
I dont have WPS.
Could someone please tell me what is supposed to happen when I plug in an adapter or what the likely problem is.
rdave13, thanks. I reinstalled the driver from linksys. It didnt work. It is quite an old adapter so linksys have probably forgotten about it a ling time ago.
I really wanted someone to confirm that what I was doing in my original post looked ok (i.e. windows 8 cant deal with the device rather than me missing a step somewhere) as I am not sure how windows 8 is supposed to respond when you plug an wife device in. If yes, I will go an d buy a newer device.
Was the driver specifically for Win 8? You are lucky. When I installed the TP-LINK adapter with the wrong drivers it created a blue screen. If I hadn't enabled F8 for safe mode, to uninstall the drivers, I would have had to restore to an image to get over the problem. I would be wary to continue unless you know the driver is for 8. Check device manager to see if any errors.
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