In this how-to guide, we will go through the new "Network & Internet" Settings to learn how to manage wireless connections in your Windows 10 PC. In Windows 10, Microsoft is adding a huge number of improvements and features. One of these changes is the addition of the Settings app, which replaces "PC settings" from Windows 8 and it will eventually also replace the Control Panel.
Inside Settings, users will find the new "Network & Internet" section. Unlike Windows 8, the new settings in Windows 10 are much improved. For example, in Windows 10, Microsoft is dividing wireless and wired connections in different sections (Wi-Fi and Ethernet). You can share and connect to a wireless network with friends using Wi-Fi Sense, and you can pretty much perform all the wireless networking tasks right from Settings.
Of course, if you only use Ethernet, then connecting to a network is very straightforward. Just plug the Ethernet cable into the network adapter in your computer and you're good to go. On the other hand, connecting to a wireless network has a few more steps and there are a variety of features.
Connecting to a wireless network
Once you have installed and configured the wireless adapter in your computer, you'll notice the new wireless network icon in the system tray. To connect to your network, click the network icon in the system tray and select from one of the available networks. Then, make sure you select the Connect automatically option if this is a network you'll be frequently connecting to on a regular basis. Finally, click Connect and enter the SSID to complete the configuration.
Managing your wireless connections
In Windows 10 Microsoft is slowly removing the fly-in menu to access different settings and features. Because of this all the network functionalities have been moved to "Network & Internet". To access the network settings, click the "Network settings" link (refer to the previous image). Or launch the Settings app and navigate to "Network & Internet".
In the Wi-Fi section, you'll find all the wireless networks available to you (this is new to Windows 10), which is the same list you see in the system tray.
Like in Windows 8, if you need to see the IP address, security type, and SSID, or if you need to set your connection as a metered connection, you can click the Advanced Options link the bottom of the list of connections.
How to forget wireless networks in Windows 10
If you need to remove or forget wireless networks that you don't use anymore this is how you can do that. From Wi-Fi, click the "Manage Wi-Fi settings". Then, from the list of "Mange known networks", click on the relevant network, and then click the "Forget" button.
You will also notice that on the page labeled "Manage Wi-Fi settings" there is a new "Wi-Fi Sense" feature. The idea of Wi-Fi Sense comes from the same feature on Windows Phone 8 and it's simple. To save mobile data you can connect to suggested secure open hotspots around your neighborhood. If you have Skype, Outlook.com, or a Facebook contacts, you can share, and access password-protected networks without ever having to type or show a password.
To connect to free, open hotspots, make sure that you slide the pill switch to the "On" position under "Remember, not all Wi-Fi networks are secure".
To share a network connection with your contacts, slide the pill switch to the "On" position under "Connect to networks shared by my contacts".
Finally, click one of the three types of contacts you want to share a network. Under "Manage known networks", select a wireless network, click Share, enter the SSID password, and click the Share button again.
In the same way, if you want to stop sharing a particular wireless network, simply click Stop sharing.
As you may have noticed, available W-Fi Sense connections will appear under the "Wi-Fi" list with the "Wi-Fi Sense" label (refer to the previous image).
And that is it!
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