Network and Internet Change Wi-Fi Network Profile Connection and Security Settings in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to change the connection and security settings of an existing known Wi-Fi network profile in Windows 11.

Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your Windows device.

When you connect to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, Windows will automatically add a profile for the Wi-Fi network in "Manage known networks". The saved profile contains the SSID (network name), security key (password), and connection and security properties used to connect to this specific Wi-Fi network.

Sometimes you may need to update or change connection and security settings of an existing known Wi-Fi network profile without deleting the profile and starting over. For example, change the password (security key) or use WPA3 instead of WPA2 security type.


Here's How:

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side, and click/tap on Wi-Fi on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Manage known networks. (see screenshot below)


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4 Click/tap on the known Wi-Fi network profile (ex: "Brink-Router2") you want to make changes to its connection and/or security settings. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on the Edit button for Advanced Wi-Fi network properties. (see screenshot below)

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6 In the Connection tab, make the changes below you want for this Wi-Fi network: (see screenshot below)
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7 In the Security tab, make the changes below you want for this Wi-Fi network, and click/tap on OK (see screenshot below)
  • Select the Security type in the drop menu.
  • Select the Encryption type (if applicable) in the drop menu.
  • Type the Network security key (password).
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8 You can now close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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