Network and Internet Settings in Windows 10

The latest version Windows 10 brings the entire Settings options under one hood. We have already taken a look at the Windows 10 Personalization Settings, Privacy Settings, Devices Settings and the Update and Security settings. In this post, we will learn about the Network and Internet Settings in Windows 10.

Windows 10 Network and Internet Settings

Getting to Settings option is much easier now, just open the Start Menu and click on Settings to open the Settings app.

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Click on Network and Internet.

Windows 10 v1607 adds a Status section. Here you can see the status of your network. You will also be able to access the Network Reset feature that can help you reinstall Network adapters and reset Networking Components to original settings.

The tab has many different sections like Wi-Fi which show the available networks, Airplane Mode to enable the airplane mode and check wireless devices connected to your PC , Data usage where you can check the data used in last 30 days, VPN and Dial-up settings, Ethernet and Proxy.

Windows 10 Network and Internet Settings

Click on Advanced Options and you will get to make your PC discoverable by other PCs around. You can also select the option of setting a Metered Connection. which gives you more control over the data usage. Turning it ON makes your apps work differently so that they use less data. This is especially helpful for users having limited data plan. You will also see the properties of your device.



Manage Wi-Fi Settings

This tab allows you to adjust the Wi-Fi Sense settings in Windows 10Wi-Fi Sense is a feature in Windows 10 that allows you to connect to your friends shared Wi-Fi connections. That is, you and your friends may opt to share your or their Wi-Fi connections. Friends, according to Microsoft, are people on your Facebook friend list, your Outlook contacts, and Skype contacts. By default, all these 3 are pre-checked.

Data Usage

This section allows you to check the data used in last 30 days for both Wi-Fi as well as Ethernet.
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Clicking on Usage details gives you a detailed information of data used by various apps on your PC.

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Add a VPN Connection here in this section. Keep your VPN provider, Connection name and Server address details ready. The Related Settings section takes you to the old classic control panel where you can change the adapter settings, advanced sharing options, and Network and sharing center.

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Clicking on Internet Options takes you to the Internet Properties of your PC where you can adjust the settings like security, privacy, add-on and much more. Windows Firewall takes you to the System and Security section in Control Panel. windows 10 network settings 6

Dial-up and Ethernet

You can add a new dial-up connection or manage the existing ones here, Ethernet settings can be adjusted in the Ethernet section. windows 10 network settings 7


Unlike the older versions of Windows, here you can set your PC to detect the Proxy Settings automatically. However, you can also adjust the settings manually by entering the IP address and the Proxy Port.

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Hope you learned something new today. If not, I am sure you will find something new in these Windows 10 tutorials.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


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  2. We have a Win10 PC with an Ethernet card and on the MB Ethernet. Both NIC’s show up in the device manager OK. However, in “Network and Internet” panel, there is No “Ethernet” on the left between “dial-up” and “proxy”. It is not there. Cannot see the internet. Please advise

  3. simaras

    Exact same thing on my pc!

  4. Dagur Snær Guðmundsson

    Same here!

  5. Ellem Chang

    It’s a puzzle. Upgraded my PC Windows 7 to 10 using dial up connection. It went flawlessly. On completing the upgrade I tried to to get it connected using the same dial up connection mode. Well the windows showed that it was connected,but could not browse. Non of the browsers – Google Chrome, Firefox, et all worked. In Windows 7 there is no such connectivity issue. Why is it that the so-called modern Windows 10 can’t do while older versions can do much better ? Perhaps MS is too busy taking care of such
    small matters (may be for them) but for users like me from rural areas lacking Broadband connection rely on dial up connections. Now without connectivity Windows 10 is useless. Welcome back, Windows 7.

  6. David Shirley

    my windows 10 desktop has internet access on the same network I’m using currently but non of my browsers are working or my apps either. I believe I may have a virus attacking my DNS. Any suggestions on how to fix ect please reply. Thanks.

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