Network and Internet

How to manage your network and internet connections in Windows 7 and Windows 8. How to work with wireless networks.

How To Connect & Work With An FTP Server From Windows/File Explorer

FTP serverOne of the lesser-known features available in Windows Explorer and in File Explorer is that these tools can handle connections to FTP servers. You can use them to do all the file and folder management operations you would expect: copy, move, delete, create, rename and so on. In this guide, we will show you how to use Windows Explorer and File Explorer in order to make quick connections to any kind of FTP servers.

How To Delete Or Forget Wireless Network Profiles In Windows 10

Windows 10, wirelessIn some of our previous articles, we've shown how you can connect to broadcasting or hidden wireless networks in Windows 10. Whenever you do connect to a wireless network, the operating system creates a profile for that connection, in which it stores things like its SSID (the name of the network) and its security details (like the password and encryption it uses). However, what if you decide you don't want your device to remember a certain wireless connection? In such a case, you must delete its network profile. This guide will show you how you can do that:

How To Add A Proxy Server To A Wireless Connection In Android

Android ProxyProxy servers are useful tools for protecting user privacy. You can browse the Internet behind a proxy server and no one will gain access to your sensitive data. While you are connected to a network that uses a proxy server, this server acts as an intermediary for network requests between you and the rest of the network, virtually filtering the information exchanged between the network nodes. But nowadays, more and more people prefer browsing the net on their mobile devices, many of which are Android-powered, rather than on a computer, does this all-too-popular mobile operating system offer the feature of setting up your network connection to use a proxy server? Fortunately, starting with version 2.3 (or Gingerbread), it does. In this tutorial, we'll teach you how to add your proxy server details to your mobile device's wireless network connection.

How To Turn Your Windows 8.1 Or Windows 10 Device Into A WiFi Access Point

wirelessIf you used Windows 7 or Windows XP, you know that these operating systems allow you to create ad hoc wireless connections between computers. You could use those connections to create a wireless network between multiple computers or to share the Internet connection that was available on one of them. If you use Windows 8.1 or if you just migrated to Windows 10, then you might have noticed that this can no longer be done, at least not using a visual interface. However, with the help of the Command Prompt and a few commands, you too can turn your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 laptop or hybrid device into a WiFi access point. Here's how:

How To Share Files Between Smartphones & Windows PCs With Feem

FeemHas it ever happened that you wanted to share some files between your smartphone and your computer, but you had no USB cable with you? If there was no Internet connection either, you probably had to use the slow and problematic Bluetooth. Thankfully, both your smartphone and your Windows PC have a WiFi adapter and you can connect the two devices directly. Today we will demo the Android version of a multiplatform application called Feem that lets you do exactly this: send files from your smartphone to your PC and vice versa. Here's how.

How To Use Your Android Smartphone As A Mobile WiFi Hotspot?

Android HotspotOne might think that WiFi is such a widespread technology that no matter where you go, you will have access to a free hotspot and the Internet. While WiFi is indeed very popular it is far from being available everywhere. You might encounter many situations when you need Internet access but there is no WiFi network nearby. When that happens, you can use your smartphone and its 3G or 4G connection and you don't even need a cable. This tutorial will cover all steps necessary to share your Android smartphone's mobile network connection with other devices and turn it into a mobile wireless hotspot:

How To Set Windows 10 To Get Updates From The Local Network & The Internet

Windows UpdateTraditionally, the updates for any Windows device were delivered directly from Microsoft's Windows Update servers. While this is the most secure way of getting untampered files, it's not the fastest delivery method. For example, many Linux distributions connect to and get updates not only from dedicated servers, but also from other users, using peer to peer transfers. Microsoft will also offer this option in Windows 10. Learn from this tutorial how you can set Windows 10 to get updates from multiple sources, including your local network and the Internet:

How To Connect To Hidden Wireless Networks In Windows 10

WirelessIn a previous tutorial we’ve shown how you can connect to a wireless network that broadcasts its name. While that is a very simple process which merely involves entering a password, the same can’t be said about connecting to a hidden network. Hidden WiFi networks don’t broadcast their names, so they are not visible in the list of available networks that you can connect to from your device. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot connect to a hidden network: you can, but you will have to know its SSID (name), as well as all its other security information. This tutorial includes step by step instructions on how to connect to a hidden network, in Windows 10.

Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force A Manual Sync, In Windows 7 & Windows 10

OneDriveEven though we like the OneDrive service and we use it a lot, there are a few quirks that we have trouble with. One of it is the fact that it is difficult to figure out how to convince OneDrive to manually synchronize your files right now, without waiting for it to discover your newly added files in a couple of minutes. Another quirk is that sometimes you need to know when it performed the last synchronization so that you have an idea whether it has synchronized the latest files you have added or not. Here's how these things are done in Windows 7 and in Windows 10:

How To Set The SIM Used For The Data Connection On Your Windows Phone

InternetIf you have used a dual SIM smartphone you may know that most mobile platforms don't allow you to use both SIMs for the Internet connection, simultaneously. On a dual SIM smartphone, you need to use the SIM that's used for the data connection. The data connection on the other SIM is not used. Here's how to set the SIM for the data connection, on your Windows Phone dual-SIM smartphone: