How to connect to a local network in Windows 10.

How to connect to a local network in Windows 10

Method 1: Through the list of available networks

If the local network you want to connect your computer to is wireless, the easiest way to connect to it is through the Available Wi-Fi networks panel.

How to connect to a local network in Windows 10
  • To open the list of available networks, click the network connection icon in the system tray.
  • If the status of the wireless network is “Disconnected” it is likely that you have disabled the detection of Wi-Fi. Turn it on by tapping the tile immediately “Wi-Fi”.
  • The network adapter will automatically detect the available wireless networks, select the desired one and press “Connect”. You can also check the “Connect automatically” option so that the next time the computer is turned on it will connect itself to this network.
  • If the network is protected by a password, you will be prompted to enter the password and then the connection will be made.
  • Method 2: Ethernet connection

    You can use the Ethernet interface to connect to a local network without entering a username and password. For this you will need a network cable with RJ45 connectors on both ends.

  • Connect the router and your computer with a network cable. The connection to the network should be automatic, but if it is not, follow the steps below.
  • Open “Network Connections” and press Win + R and in the dialog that opens, run the command ncpa.cpl.
  • Open the properties of the Ethernet network adapter in use by double-clicking on it or from its context menu.
  • In the properties window that opens, find the item “IP version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”, highlight it and press the “Properties” button.
  • In the properties window, enable the options “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically”. Save the settings.
  • The network adapter will then obtain an IP address directly from the router.

    How to connect to a local network in Windows 10

    Connect with other devices on the network

    If you want your computer to be able to communicate with other devices on the local network, you’ll need to change the network profile type and check that your sharing settings are correct.

  • Open the “Settings” app, go to “Network & Internet” → “Status” and press the “Properties” button.
  • In the window. “Network Profile” select “Private”.
  • In the section. “Network & Internet” switch to the “Wi-Fi” or “Ethernet” tab (depending on the connection type) and hit the “Change advanced sharing settings” link.
  • Make sure that for the network profile selected “Private”. options involved “Turn on network discovery” and “Turn on file and printer sharing”.
  • Once the settings are saved, you will be able to connect not only to the access point on the local network, but also to other computers on that network, as long as network discovery is enabled on them as well.

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