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Title: Installing a wireless USB adapter on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

Article ID: 27305


The Linksys wireless USB adapter allows you to connect your computer to a wireless network.  This adapter also lets you connect to any public wireless hotspots.
 
To set up a Linksys wireless USB adapter, you need to perform two (2) steps:
 
i.   Connect the adapter
ii.  Download and install the drivers manually
 
Connect the adapter
 
Plug in your wireless USB adapter to an available USB port on your computer.
 
NOTE:  If your wireless adapter comes with a USB cable, you may plug one end of the cable to your computer and connect the other end on your wireless USB adapter.

 
QUICK TIP:  The LED on your wireless adapter should light up after plugging it to your computer.  If not, make sure that your computer is powered ON.
 
Download and install the drivers manually
 
You must download the updated driver of the adapter first before proceeding to the steps below.  To do this, visit the product page of your adapter at the Linksys Support Site to download updated drivers.  For detailed instructions on how to download the latest driver for your Linksys wireless adapter, click here.
 
NOTE:  For information regarding updated drivers for a particular operating system, you may refer to the Release Notes found in the Downloads tab of your Linksys device's product page.
 
Once you’ve downloaded and saved the file, you may proceed to install the drivers.  Follow the instructions below.
 
QUICK TIP:  It is recommended that you save the downloaded file on your Desktop for easy access.
 
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, the Linksys wireless adapter will be automatically detected and will show up in the Device Manager.  To know how to get to the Device Manager on a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer, click here.

Step 1:
In the All Control Panel Items window, go to Device Manager.
 

 
Step 2:
In Device Manager, expand Other Devices and click on your wireless USB adapter.
 
NOTE:  In this example, the AE3000 is used.
 

 
Step 3:
In the wireless adapter’s Properties window, click the Update Driver… button.
 

 
Step 4:
In the Update Driver Software window, select Browse my computer for driver software.
 

 
Step 5:
Click the Browse… button to locate the driver that you have downloaded and saved in your computer.  Then, click Next.
 

 
Wait for the driver installation to be completed.
 

 
A prompt will then notify you that your wireless USB installation is successful.
 

 


Connecting your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer wirelessly
 
Now that your wireless USB adapter is installed, check to see whether your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer is now able to see available wireless networks in range.  To learn how, click here.

 

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