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How to activate Wi-Fi on Windows Server 2019/2016

Hello! It is well known that Windows Server has been developed for the comfort of system administrators. Indeed, it has many configuration options, thanks to the different roles and features that can be installed. For this, it is necessary to have a LAN connection and to configure a static IP address. For this reason, the Wi-Fi configuration of Windows Server is blocked by default. However, at some point, it is likely that you will have to connect to the server via this device. This is not recommended because of the security risks of these connections and the threat factors. But it can be used circumstantially. Consequently, today we will show you how to activate Wi-Fi on Windows Server 2019/2016.

How to enable Wi-Fi connection on Windows Server

As mentioned, this connection is disabled by default. For that reason, we are going to enable it from the Server Manager. Once there, please click on Add Roles and Features:

Just click on Add Roles and Features
Just click on Add Roles and Features

In the next menu, please click on Next:

Please click on Next
Please click on Next

Now click on Roles based installation.

Select the installation based on Roles.
Select the installation based on Roles.
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Then, select the server where the installation will be done.

Please choose the server.
Please choose the server.

The list of available roles is shown below. At this time, we will not be installing roles. Therefore, press next to go to the other screen.

In the screen corresponding to features, please check the box of Wireless LAN Service.

Check the box for Wireless LAN service
Check the box for Wireless LAN service

Now it is time to confirm the installation of the feature. Please press Install.

Press Install
Press Install

Installation will begin immediately.

After the installation is completed, it is necessary to restart the server to set the changes.

Activating the WLAN service.

After the server is restarted, it is necessary to start the service. With this intention, from the PowerShell run the following command:

net start WlanSvc

From here, you just have to check the available Wi-Fi connections. And consequently, make the connection.

Finally, we have seen how to activate Wi-Fi in Windows Server 2019/2016. This way, you can enable this type of connection on the server. Despite the security risks, it can work as an emergency connection. The idea is to have as much control as possible over the system connections. Okay, that’s it for today. See you soon!

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