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Add or Remove Network in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

Windows 11 shows the Network icon in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default. This makes it easy to browse your local network.

If you prefer not to have Network show in the navigation pane of File Explorer, you can remove it.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Network in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Display DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 11

A DNS (Domain Name System) resolver cache is a temporary database, maintained by Windows, that contains records of all your recent visits and attempted visits to websites and other Internet domains.

The Internet relies on the Domain Name System (DNS) to maintain an index of all public websites and their corresponding¬†IP addresses. Every time a user visits a website by its name (such as “tenforums.com”), the user’s web browser initiates a request out to the Internet, but this request cannot be completed until the website name is converted into an IP address.

This conversion process is called name resolution and is the job of DNS, but it takes time. A DNS cache attempts to speed up the process by handling the name resolution before the request is sent out to the Internet.

If the IP address of a website changes before your DNS cache updates, you may not be able to load the webpage. If you are running into a lot of Page Not Found errors and you know you are connected to the Internet, you could try flushing your DNS cache to have your computer request new information.

The ipconfig /displaydns or Get-DnsClientCache command displays the contents of the DNS client resolver cache, which includes both entries preloaded from the local Hosts file and any recently obtained resource records for name queries resolved by the computer. The DNS Client service uses this information to resolve frequently queried names quickly, before querying its configured DNS servers.

Viewing the contents of the DNS Resolver Cache may help in troubleshooting to verify name resolution and IP.

This tutorial will show you how to view the contents of your DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 11 and Windows 10.

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Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 11

A DNS (Domain Name System) resolver cache is a temporary database, maintained by Windows, that contains records of all your recent visits and attempted visits to websites and other Internet domains.

The Internet relies on the Domain Name System (DNS) to maintain an index of all public websites and their corresponding¬†IP addresses. Every time a user visits a website by its name (such as “tenforums.com”), the user’s web browser initiates a request out to the Internet, but this request cannot be completed until the website name is converted into an IP address.

This conversion process is called name resolution and is the job of DNS, but it takes time. A DNS cache attempts to speed up the process by handling the name resolution before the request is sent out to the Internet.

If the IP address of a website changes before your DNS cache updates, you may not be able to load the webpage. If you are running into a lot of Page Not Found errors and you know you are connected to the Internet, you could try flushing your DNS cache to have your computer request new information.

This tutorial will show you how to flush your DNS resolver cache in Windows 11, Windows10, Microsoft Edge, and Google Chrome.

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Reset IP Address in Windows 11

An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a unique address that identifies a device on the internet or a local network.

If you are having network connectivity issues related to expired or cached IP information, you can try to release and renew your IP address to reset the IP address to hopefully solve the issue.

The ipconfig /release command sends a DHCPRELEASE message to the DHCP server (ex: ISP or router) to release the current DHCP configuration and discard the IP address configuration for all adapters.

The ipconfig /renew command requests a new IP address from the DHCP server (ex: ISP or router).

This tutorial will show you how to release and renew your IP address to reset the IP address in Windows 10 or Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Video Playback Low Resolution to Save Network Bandwidth in Windows 11

Some apps use the video platform that’s built into Windows 11. These include¬†Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps¬†that come with Windows 11, such as Microsoft Edge, Photos, and Movies & TV, as well as many third-party video apps you get from Microsoft Store (for example, Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu).

For these apps, you can control video playback using the video playback settings in Windows 11. For example, you can have your PC process video to enhance it (depending on your PC’s hardware) or choose to play video at a lower resolution to help save network bandwidth.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off save network bandwidth by playing video at a lower resolution during video playback when plugged in for your account in Windows 11.

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Find Your IP Address on Windows 11 PC

An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a unique address that identifies a device on the internet or a local network.

Your computer will have IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

Your computer will have public (external) and private (internal) IP addresses.

  • A¬†public IP address¬†is a unique address provided by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to identify your local network on the Internet. If your computer is connected directly to the Internet without a router sitting in-between, your computer‚Äôs IP address is a public IP address.
  • A¬†private IP address¬†is assigned by your router to a PC or device on your local area network (LAN). When a computer is assigned a private IP address, the other devices on the local network sees this computer via its private IP address. A private IP address can not be directly reached from the internet.

This tutorial will show you how to find the private and public IPv4 and IPv6 address of your Windows 11 PC.

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Map Network Drive in Windows 11

You can Map a network drive to access shared files on it from File Explorer in Windows without having to look for it or type its network address each time.

A mapped network drive has the following characteristics:

  • It has a drive letter assigned like any other partition in your system.
  • It points to a network shared folder on another PC.
  • It points only to resources found on your network.
  • You need to know the¬†user name¬†and¬†password¬†credentials for the network drive (share) to connect to it.

This tutorial will show you how to map a network drive for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off File and Printer Sharing in Windows 11

File and printer sharing is the ability of a computer running Windows to share a folder or attached printer with other computers on the same network.

  • File sharing¬†allows you to make files and folders in a shared folder accessible to others on the same network to view, copy, or modify.
  • Printer sharing¬†allows you to make an attached printer available to other computer users on the same network.

Windows creates a separate network profile for each network you use. You can turn on or off file and printer sharing separately for each Domain, Private, and Public network profile type.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off file and printer sharing on your Windows 11 PC.

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Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 11

Network Discovery is a network setting that affects whether your computer can see (find) other computers and devices on the same network and whether other computers and devices on the same network can see your computer.

When network discovery is turned on, the device sends out signals over the network to search for other discoverable devices. This makes it convenient for you to share network resources among the devices connected to the network.

Windows creates a separate network profile for each network you use. You can turn on or off network discovery separately for each Private and Public network profile type.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off network discovery for private and public networks on your Windows 11 PC.

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Find MAC Address on Windows 11 PC

A MAC address (Media Access Control address) is a unique identifier assigned to a network interface controller (aka: NIC or network adapter) for use as a network address in communications on the physical network segment. This use is common in most IEEE 802 networking technologies, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

MAC addresses are primarily assigned by device manufacturers, and are therefore often referred to as the burned-in address (BIA), or as an Ethernet hardware address (EHA), hardware address, or physical address.

MAC addresses are recognizable as six groups of two hexadecimal digits, separated by hyphens, colons, or without a separator.

Knowing the MAC address of a network adapter can help to identify the device or configure networking permissions (ex: MAC filtering) on a router.

This tutorial will show you how to find the MAC address of network adapters (NICs) on your Windows 11 PC.

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Check Network Adapter Connection Speed in Windows 11

A network adapter (aka: Network Interface Controller (NIC) ) is a computer hardware component that connects a computer to the Internet or local area network.

Sometimes you may need to check to see what the current connection link speed is for your network adapters to see if they are performing at specs. This can be helpful with troubleshooting network performance issues.

This tutorial will show you how to check the connection link speed of your network adapters in Windows 11.

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Reset Network Adapters in Windows 11

A network adapter (aka: Network Interface Controller (NIC) ) is a computer hardware component that connects a computer to the Internet or local area network.

A network reset will remove and reinstall all your network adapters, and set other networking components back to their original factory settings.

You might need to reinstall other networking software afterwards, such as VPN client software or virtual switches.

Resetting your network adapters may help fix network connection issues.

This tutorial will show you how to reset network adapters in Windows 11.

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Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength in Windows 11

Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your Windows device.

The speed, performance, and reliability of a Wi-Fi network connection depends greatly on its signal strength quality.

A weak Wi-Fi signal can lead to slower speeds, dropouts, and disconnection. The further away the device is from the router, the weaker the signal can get. If your walls are made of dense materials (ex: concrete or brick) it will weaken or block a Wi-Fi signal.

This tutorial will show you how to check the signal strength of your Wi-Fi network connection in Windows 11.

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Find Wi-Fi Network Security Key Password in Windows 11

Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your Windows device.

When you connect to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, Windows will automatically add a profile for the Wi-Fi network. The saved profile contains the SSID (network name), security key (password), and security type information used to connect to this specific Wi-Fi network.

If you forgot your Wi-Fi network password, you can find it on a Windows PC that has a profile for the Wi-Fi network on it, or is currently connected to the Wi-Fi network. After you find your password, you can use it on a PC or device to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

This tutorial will show you how to find and see the security key password of your Wi-Fi network connection in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Backup and Restore Wi-Fi Network Profiles in Windows 11

Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your Windows device.

When you connect to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, Windows will automatically add a profile for the Wi-Fi network. The saved profile contains the SSID (network name), security key (password), and security type information used to connect to this specific Wi-Fi network.

Restoring a backed up Wi-Fi network profiles can be much easier than having to manually add and connect to a Wi-Fi network again.

This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore a specific or all Wi-Fi network profiles on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC.

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Delete Wi-Fi Network Profile in Windows 11

Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your Windows device.

When you connect to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, Windows will automatically add a profile for the Wi-Fi network. The saved profile contains the SSID (network name), security key (password), and security type information used to connect to this specific Wi-Fi network.

This tutorial will show you how to delete a Wi-Fi network profile in Windows 11.

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Connect to Wi-Fi Network in Windows 11

Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your Windows device.

When you set up and connect to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, Windows will automatically add a profile for the Wi-Fi network. The profile contains the SSID (network name), security key (password), and security type information used to connect to this Wi-Fi network.

Windows will usually automatically connect to networks in this priority order:

  • Ethernet
  • Wi‚ÄĎFi (wireless)
  • Mobile broadband (cellular)

Windows will automatically connect to your Wi-Fi network profiles based on a priority order when the Wi-Fi network is in range, and an Ethernet connection is not available.

If you check Connect automatically while connecting to a Wi-Fi network, that Wi-Fi profile will be placed at the top of the priority order list. If you have multiple Wi-Fi network connection profiles, you can change the priority order so the network profile you prefer will be the first one to use instead when in range.

This tutorial will show you how to connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows 11.

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