Networking: Cabled Ethernet/Powerline and wireless Wi-Fi home networks explained
This section of this website provides detailed information on all of the aspects of cabled and wireless networking that use the networking capabilities of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 10. Information is provided on cabled peer-to-peer networks with additional interesting information on network home servers, drive mapping and network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
Wireless networking and the wireless-networking standards (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac) are dealt with, including information on ADSL modem routers and cable routers, Bluetooth connectivity is not a wireless network technology but can be used in similar ways, so it is also dealt with.
New Wi-Fi features in Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Windows 10 Anniversary Update provides some new Wi-Fi features, the best of which is the ability to reset the Wi-Fi system. If you have a network problem that you can’t fix, just reset the network.
Microsoft is working on placing all of the Win10 system settings in the Start => Settings app. The network settings appear under Start => Settings => Network & Internet, as shown in the image below. The Network reset option appears at the end of the list. Click on the image to view its full size.
The following article provides information on the other new features.
New Wi-Fi features in Windows 10 Anniversary Update –
- – Network diagnostics and troubleshooting
- – Using a HomeGroup instead of a Workgroup – A wireless guest network – Port forwarding
- – The 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, Powerline Ethernet and Wi-Fi mains networks and Bluetooth wireless connectivity
- – PCI and PCI Express Ethernet Network Interface Cards (NICs), Powerline adapters & USB Wi-Fi dongles
- – Range extenders & using other Wi-Fi routers & access points to extend the range of a Wi-Fi network
- – NIC MAC Address
- – Network Home Servers
- – Free networking security diagnostic tools and utilities
- – Routers – ADSL modem routers and dedicated cable routers
- – Wireless network security: WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption
- – Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) also known as Quick Security Setup (QSS)
- – Router firmware
- – Quality of Service (QoS) capability of a router
- – How can I add extra wired (Ethernet) ports to my wireless router?
- – Virtual Private Networking (VPN)
- – HPNA telephone networks
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