Article ID : 00010178 / Last Modified : 08/14/2019

How to configure a location for a network connection.

    When you connect your computer to a new network for the first time, you are prompted to choose a location. The following location types are available:

    • Home network: Choose this location when you trust the people and devices on the network. You can set up a Homegroup  with this location type. Network discovery is turned on which means you can see other computers on the network and other computers can see your computer.
    • Work network: This location type is configured the same as a Home network location but you cannot set up a Homegroup.
    • Public network: Choose this option when connecting to a public network, such as a coffee shop or airport, the Internet without a router or a mobile broadband connection. The Homegroup is not available and Network discovery is turned off.

    To change the location of your network connection follow the procedure below:

    1. Click the Start button and then click Control Panel.
    2. In the Control Panel window, click Network and Internet.
    3. In the Network and Internet window, click Network and Sharing Center.
    4. In the Network and Sharing Center window, in the View your active networks section, click the current network location. Image
    5. In the Set Network Location window, click the appropriate location. Image
    6. Click the Close button.

      NOTE: If you change the location to Home, a Create a Homegroup window is displayed. Click the Cancel button or proceed to set up a Homegroup .