Understanding Network Locations

With computers that connect to different types of networks—such as a corporate domain, an internet café, and a private home network—often within the same day and sometimes even simultaneously, using the same network security settings for all networks would lead to security breaches, severe inconvenience, or both . Windows uses network locations to categorize each network and then applies appropriate security settings . When you initially connect to a network, Windows asks you to select a network location, as shown in Figure 17-2. Select one of the three options:

• Home Network Select this option when you're connecting to a trusted network, such as your own network at home. You should select Home Network only for a network that is protected by a residential gateway (a term we'll explain shortly) or comparable internet defense, and one where you're confident that malicious users aren't connected. With this choice, Windows enables the HomeGroup feature for sharing with other users on the network.

• Work Network Select this option when you're connecting to a trusted network, such as your company network at work. With this choice, Windows turns on network discovery, which lets you see other computers on the network and lets other users see your computer.

• Public Network Use this option for networks in public places, such as wireless hotspots in coffee shops, hotels, airports, and libraries . This type of network typically has a direct connection to the internet. Network discovery is turned off for public locations

Select a location for the "MR Net" network

This computer is connected to a network. Windows will automatically apply the correct network settings based on the network's location.

Home network

If all the computers on this network are at your hom^ and you recognize them, this is a trusted home network. Don't choose this for public places such as coffee shops or airports.

Work network

If all the computers on this network are at your workplace, and you recognize them, this is a trusted work network. Don't choose this for public places such as coffee shops or airports.

Public network

If you don't recognize all the computers on the network (for example, you're in a coffee shop or airport or you have mobile broadband), this is a public network and is not trusted.

OTreat all future networks thatl connect to as public, and don't ask me again. Help me choose

Figure 17-2 Windows asks you to choose a network location the first time you connect to a new network .

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