Wireless Networking

Out of the box, Windows Server 2012 doesn’t support Wireless LAN. In the following steps, we will install support for connecting to wireless networks.

1. Start the Server Manager and click the Add roles and features link in the Welcome Tile. If you already closed the Welcome Tile, make it visible again via the View menu or in the left panel navigate to Local Server, then in the right panel scroll all the way down to ROLES AND FEATURES, click the TASKS dropdown and choose Add Roles and Features.
Add Roles and Features in Server Manager

2. Skip the information page by clicking Next.
Beginpage of Add Roles and Features wizard

3. Select Role-based or feature-based installation as installation type and click Next.
Installation type in Add Roles and Features wizard

4. We want to install the Wireless LAN Service feature on the local server which is also selected by default so choose Next.
Select Destination Server

5. The Wireless LAN Service feature is not a Server Role, so skip the Server Roles page by clicking Next.
Skip the Server Roles page

6. At the Select Features page, scroll down and check the Wireless LAN Service checkbox. Now, click the Next button to proceed.

7. At the confirmation page, optionally check the Restart the destination server automatically if required checkbox as the Wireless LAN Service feature requires a restart to complete. You can also manually restart the server after the wizard completed. Click the Install button to start the installation.
Confirmation page

8. After the installation has completed, your system will automatically restart if you checked the checkbox at step 7. Otherwise you can close the wizard and restart the server manually. In case you don’t know yet what possibilities there are to restart Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012, read the essentials page.
Installation finished

9. Wait while your computer finishes the installation and restarts.
Finishing installation of Wireless LAN Service feature

10. After logging in, move your mouse to the upper or lower right corner of the screen or press WindowsKey + C to open the Charms bar. Next click the Settings button, then click Network to view the networks in your neighborhood and connect to them.
View wireless networks in Charms bar


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11 Responses

  1. Osama Barahmeh says:

    I’ve followed all your instructions, but when searching for the Wi-Fi network adapter it does not show up! The feature is added, and the WLAN AutoCOnfig service is running.

    Your help is highly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Mark says:

    Thank you, this was very helpful.

  3. bern says:

    This is same scenario to me.. i set up server 2012 r2 DC, ADDS, DNS,DHCP, hyper-v etc.. but my wireless are not working.. my mobile unable to connect… what i need to do guys? pls help..

  4. bern says:

    hi, i set up server 2012 r2 but the wireless service are not working. the dhcp of the router was off, client working lan connection, ip came form server 2012r2.. i try one laptop wireless connection but showing limited only.

    what i need to configure to make enable the wireless ….


    • Claude says:

      Try to deactivate your wifi card and immediatly reinitialize it
      Here is a script Under Powershell

      Write-host “RĂ©initialisation de la carte $Carte”
      Disable-NetAdapter -name $Card -Confirm:$false
      Enable-NetAdapter -name $Carte

  5. Cthulhu says:

    What about Bluetooth???

  6. kamil1555 says:

    How to enable wwan autoconfig service for Gobi 2000 Lenovo? Drivers are instaled. Sorry for my English.

  7. Lucas Perin says:

    Suggest moving this item just after installation and before drivers.

  8. Materid says:

    I dont know but it alwayws stoped on 30 percent after 7 point…

  9. Megg G says:

    This should be the first one…

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