Network locations were first introduced in Windows Vista. At that time, they somehow managed to feel half-baked and confusing to users. They were improved in Windows 7 and later on in Windows 8. Now they have a simple implementation and they are a very useful way to manage network connections and network sharing. Let’s learn together what they are, how they work and why they are useful.
How to connect to wireless networks & how to manage them in Windows
A data connection on your Windows Phone can go a long way to enhancing your productivity while on the go. But it can't meet all your needs at all times. Sometimes you need your laptop. While there's no shortage of Wi-Fi hotspots these days, there isn't always one available when you need one. In those instances, you can use your Windows Phone as your own personal mobile Wi-Fi hotspot by sharing your phone’s internet connection. Here’s how.
When you connect to a wireless network, the network’s security information, settings and password are automatically stored on your computer in the form of a network profile. This profile allows Windows to connect automatically the next time this network is in range. In previous versions of Windows you could open a list of available profiles for management purposes. From this list you could easily prioritize connections, change profile information and delete profiles for networks you no longer require access to. Windows 8 changes things.
While connecting to a broadcasting wireless network in Windows 8 is a very simple process, the same can’t be said of a hidden network. By not broadcasting its SSID (service set identifier), or network name, a hidden network is not visible in the list of available networks you can access from your computer. You’ll need to know the SSID, as well as all of the other security information before you can connect. Read on for step-by-step instructions for connecting to a hidden network in Windows 8.
Windows 8 provides a simple interface for connecting to wireless networks. The procedure varies depending on whether or not the network broadcasts its name (or SSID - service set identifier). If the name is broadcasted, connecting to the network is as simple as entering a password. Users of Windows 7 won’t have any trouble, but if you’re switching from an older operating system or you just need a refresher, read on.
One of the most common root causes for having slow and unstable wireless network connections is interference. Many things interfere with a wireless network: everything from walls to the microwaves you use in the kitchen to other wireless networks. That’s why I decided to learn more on the subject, experiment with my own wireless network and share what I have learned.
In this article, you will understand more about what can interfere with your wireless network and learn how to deal with interferences from other wireless networks.
Some of our readers asked us to publish a guide on how to find hidden wireless network connections and learn also their SSIDs (network name). There are quite a few tools available, used mostly by hackers and networking professionals, but most of them work only on Linux. For Windows there are very few tools available and even fewer free tools. However, there is one - named inSSIDer - which helps you analyze all the wireless networks in your area. It shows also hidden networks together with lots of useful information about all the networks it detects. Read this guide to learn more about the tool and how to use it.
One of the wonders of mobile devices these days is the ability connect to the Internet through wireless networks no matter where we are. With a wireless connection, we can access our email, keep up-to-date with our favorite social networking sites, even create and synchronize business documents while we're mobile. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to connect to your cellular data network, and a variety of Wi-Fi networks, so that you can stay connected no matter where you are with your Windows Phone.
Do you need to set priorities for Windows 7 about which wireless networks to connect to, automatically? Do you need to make it stop connecting each time it detects certain networks? Do you want to modify the connection settings for a wireless network? Answers to all these questions are found in this article.
It can happen that you start having problems with a wireless network which worked well in the past. This might be due to the fact that the its settings may have been changed accidentally or its network profile, as saved on your computer, got corrupted for some reason. In such scenarios it helps to delete the profile of your wireless network and start fresh: have Windows 7 detect it again, introduce your connection details, etc. This tutorial will show how to delete the network profile of a troublesome wireless connection.
If you have a home network, you surely need a printer installed. If you are planning to buy one soon, you should consider a wireless printer. Why? Lots of good reasons: it allows you to print from anywhere in your home (any computer or smartphone), it helps you eliminate one more wire, and it allows you to place the printer in accessible places so that you are not bothered by others.
One thing to keep in mind though: installing and configuring a wireless printer requires a lot more work than installing a traditional printer. And this is where this tutorial comes in - to guide you through all the important steps.
If you want to get rid of wires in your home, you will be tempted to use USB wireless network adapters on your desktop computers. If you want to do this, then you should know that installing such adapters can bring a bit of trouble at times. That’s why we created this tutorial, to guide you through the process of installing a USB wireless network adapter on your Windows 7 computer.