How to Manage Wireless Network Connections in Windows 10

Last updated on April 10th, 2017

In Windows 10 Microsoft has changed the way to manage the Wireless networks that you are connected to. In Windows 10 all the settings for the Network & Internet can be found inside "Settings" app which replaces the "PC Settings" from Windows 8 & 8.1 OS. 

In "Network and Internet" configuration panel, users have the ability to view and configure many parameters on every network connection that they can use (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, VPN, Dial-up, Airplane, Mobile Hotspot, etc.). Additionally, at Network and Internet setting panel, you can reconfigure or forget (delete network profile) Wireless network(s) that you have connected before and you don't use anymore.

In this tutorial you can find detailed instructions on how to Manage (Add, Remove, Disable, etc.) Wireless Networks on Windows 10.

How to Add, Forget or Turn Off  Wireless Network(s) in Windows 10.

1. Open the Network settings, by using one of the following options:

Option 1. Press the Wireless image icon in system tray and select Network settings.

Manage Wireless Network Connections


Option 2. Click Start image > Settings image and select Network and Internet.

network and internet windows 10


2. In Network settings Window select Wi-Fi on the left side.

wireless settings windows 10


3. In Wi-Fi settings, you can perform the following actions:

A. To turn your Wi-Fi card On of Off, simply drag the switch at the position you want.

B. Show available networks:  Use this option to view all the available networks on your area. (You can view the same list, if you press the Wireless image icon in system tray).

show avalaible wireless networks windows 10

C. Hardware Properties: If you select this option, while not connected to any wireless network, you will view your Wireless card's Model, Driver version and the Physical MAC address.
In case that you 're currently connected to a Wireless Network, you 'll see some additional information about the Wireless network that you 're connected to, like the Wireless SSID (Name), the Security type (e.g. "WPA2-Personal"), the network protocol (e.g. "802.11g"), the Network band (e.g. "2,4 GHz") and the IP Address.

wi-fi properties windows 10


D. Manage known networks: If you select this option, you will be able to remove (forget) a wireless network or to modify the Wi-Fi Sense, the Hotspot 2.0 networks and the Paid Wi-Fi services, :

i. Change the Properties of any Wireless Network that you are (have) connected to, such as:

– To connect automatically to the selected network when in range.
– To make your PC discoverable from other devices on the same network.
– To set the selected wireless network as a metered connection, in order to have more control over the data usage (e.g. in case that you 're using a limited bandwidth connection).

ii. Remove (Forget) any saved Wireless network that you don't need anymore, or you have changed it's Wi-Fi password and you want to reconnect to it, with the new password.

forget wireless network windows 10


– All the above, are the basic options to manage Wi-Fi networks. Microsoft also added some additional options for Wi-Fi.

E. Wi-Fi Sense, is a new feature in Windows 10 that allows you to connect automatically to any open hotspot is around you.
– If you to use the Wi-Fi Sense feature, you must sign-in with your Microsoft account and then to enable the Wi-Fi sense. After enabling the Wi-Fi Sense you 'll be able to connect to any open hotspot faster than manually search for the available open hotspots.

wi-fi sense windows 10



F. Hotspot 2.0 networks, (also known as "Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint") is a new Wi-Fi technology that is based on 802.11u Wi-Fi standard and provides secure access to Hotspot 2.0 capable access points, that have roaming agreements with the user's home network.
– Up to today, users must select manually the available Wi-Fi Networks that they want to connect to, from the Wi-Fi settings in the device, but this procedure is a pain for users that travel or change locations frequently.
– With Hotspot 2.0 technology, a Hotspot 2.0 capable Wi-Fi device, will discover automatically in the background all the available Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi networks, and will connect to them automatically.

hotspot 2.0 windows 10


G. Paid Wi-Fi services are designed to let users to easily connect to paid Wi-Fi Hotspots around the world.

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