Join Joli Ballew for an in-depth discussion in this video Connect to the internet, part of Windows 10: Networking.
- [Instructor] It doesn't matter whether you've just purchased your first Windows 10 computer, or if you're an experienced user. The first thing you need to do is get connected to a network so that you can access the internet. This connection can be wired or wireless. A wired connection uses an ethernet cable, and a wireless connection uses wireless hardware. By far, the easiest way to connect is with ethernet. You use an ethernet cable to connect your computer to a router, an ethernet extender, or an ethernet wall port.
Another way to connect is to select a wireless network from the network list. Here's how to do that. Click the Network icon on the taskbar, and click the network to connect to. Click Connect, and type your password. And click Next. When connecting to a network for the first time, you should be prompted to choose whether or not you wanted to let your computer be visible on it. You'll click Yes if it's a network you and trust like one in your home, or no if you're in a public place like a coffee shop.
I'll click Yes to tell Windows that I trust this network. Once the connection is made, you should be able to access the internet. There are several popular web browsers, including Microsoft Edge which is available from the taskbar. Or you can choose Internet Explorer, Firefox, or many others. I prefer the old Internet Explorer, so I'll open that. To open IE, I'll click on the taskbar, and I'll search for it here in the window.
And here it is. Because this is my favorite browser, now I want to tell Windows that it's the one I want to use all the time. I'll do that in System Settings, here's one way. I'll click inside the Search window on the taskbar and type Set Default Programs. I'll click Default App Settings in the results. Now, I'll scroll down to Web Browsers, click Microsoft Edge, and I'll choose Internet Explorer.
Now I'll close the Settings window. Now you're ready to use this network and your favorite web browser to access the internet. If you're connected to a local area network, and told Windows you trusted it, you can also access the resources on it. If you decide at any time that you don't want to access resources, or have your computer visible on this network, you can change the network type from Private to Public. The same procedure can be used to change the network you've previously set as Public to Private, here's how.
First, click the Network icon on the taskbar, and make sure you're connected to the network to change. And then click Properties to open Settings. Click the Back button if you need to. I have several networks available to me here in the booth, but I'm going to show you how to make the change for the wifi network I'm connected to. I'll click the Network icon here, and I'll change from Private to Public.
There's no need to click Save or Apply Changes, because changes are applied automatically. So there's a quick overview of how to connect to different networks in Windows 10, and how to configure your favorite web browser as the default.
Note: This course aligns to the Configure Networking domain from the Microsoft exam 70-697: Configuring Windows 10 Devices.
- Configuring IP settings and network connectivity
- Creating a VPN
- Connecting to a wireless network
- Maintaining network security
- Configuring a Windows Defender firewall
- Troubleshooting connectivity
- Using ping, ipconfig, Tracert, and PathPing to troubleshoot