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Windows 10 Anniversary Update Adds New Networking Features

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Microsoft's Anniversary Edition to Windows 10 brought some nifty advancements in security, Cortana, Edge browser and more. But what you may not have heard about are the new networking improvements. Some are simple shortcut changes in the Settings and others, such as hotspots and infrared device control, add actual functionality previously reserved for third-party software and workarounds.

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1. Network Reset

With a shortcut, found in Settings > Network & Internet > Status you can click the Network Reset button to reinstall network adapters to default settings. It also triggers a system reboot. It will wipe network credentials and possibly disrupt any existing VPN clients, but it could help you fix software or driver issues.

2. Mobile Hotspot

In Settings > Network & Internet, clicking the Mobile Hotspot tab opens a new feature that lets you create a virtual wireless network to share your Internet connection with up to eight other devices via Wi-Fi. You can use it to extend a Wi-Fi connection, or a 4G or Ethernet stream. The connection comes with a default network name and a randomly generated, eight-character password.

3. Infrared Controls

In the traditional Network and Sharing Center (right-clicking the network icon in the system tray), you'll see a link to Infrared on the bottom left. This preloaded utility lets you control your computer's infrared sensor (if it has one). You can turn on and off the ability to receive data, and you can set where those files or images should be stored. 

4. Shortcuts

  • In Settings > Network & Internet, you'll now start on a new Status tab, which offers similar details as what you used to find in the old Control Panel.
  • In Settings > Network & Internet > Status > Network Troubleshooter, you can access the old Windows Network Diagnostics wizard
  • When in the System Tray network list, if you click on the network you're currently connected to, you'll see a Properties shortcut.
  • In Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi, clicking Manage Known Networks shows you network properties that were previous dispersed under other settings.

5. New Data

  • In the Settings app, under Network & Internet > Status you'll see a link for "View your network properties." This shortcut goes to a page that lists all of your device's network adapters, including their IP and MAC addresses.
  • In Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Hardware Properties will display wireless details, including the network protocol, channel and bandwidth.
  • In Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi, clicking Manage Known Networks lets you change properties of saved networks that are out of range. For instance, you can toggle the automatic and metered connection options. But you can't toggle between public and private network settings.

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