Network and Internet Settings in Windows 10

The latest version Windows 10 brings the entire Settings options under one hood. We have already taken a look at the Windows 10 Personalization Settings, Privacy Settings, Devices Settings and the Update and Security settings. In this post, we will learn about the Network and Internet Settings in Windows 10.

Windows 10 Network and Internet Settings

Getting to Settings option is much easier now, just open the Start Menu and click on Settings to open the Settings app.

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Click on Network and Internet.

Windows 10 v1607 adds a Status section. Here you can see the status of your network. You will also be able to access the Network Reset feature that can help you reinstall Network adapters and reset Networking Components to original settings.

The tab has many different sections like Wi-Fi which show the available networks, Airplane Mode to enable the airplane mode and check wireless devices connected to your PC , Data usage where you can check the data used in last 30 days, VPN and Dial-up settings, Ethernet and Proxy.

Click on Advanced Options and you will get to make your PC discoverable by other PCs around. You can also select the option of setting a Metered Connection. which gives you more control over the data usage. Turning it ON makes your apps work differently so that they use less data. This is especially helpful for users having limited data plan. You will also see the properties of your device.

Manage Wi-Fi Settings

This tab allows you to adjust the Wi-Fi Sense settings in Windows 10. Wi-Fi Sense is a feature in Windows 10 that allows you to connect to your friends shared Wi-Fi connections. That is, you and your friends may opt to share your or their Wi-Fi connections. Friends, according to Microsoft, are people on your Facebook friend list, your Outlook contacts, and Skype contacts. By default, all these 3 are pre-checked.

Data Usage

This section allows you to check the data used in last 30 days for both Wi-Fi as well as Ethernet.

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Clicking on Usage details gives you a detailed information of data used by various apps on your PC.

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Add a VPN Connection here in this section. Keep your VPN provider, Connection name and Server address details ready. The Related Settings section takes you to the old classic control panel where you can change the adapter settings, advanced sharing options, and Network and sharing center.

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Clicking on Internet Options takes you to the Internet Properties of your PC where you can adjust the settings like security, privacy, add-on and much more. Windows Firewall takes you to the System and Security section in Control Panel. 

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Dial-up and Ethernet

You can add a new dial-up connection or manage the existing ones here, Ethernet settings can be adjusted in the Ethernet section. 

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Unlike the older versions of Windows, here you can set your PC to detect the Proxy Settings automatically. However, you can also adjust the settings manually by entering the IP address and the Proxy Port.

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Hope you learned something new today. If not, I am sure you will find something new in these Windows 10 tutorials.

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