How to Check the Network Type on Your PC

By Dan Gookin

One of the most important things you do when first connecting to a network is to set the network type. This step is about security. Obviously, you want more network security when connecting to the car mechanic’s Wi-Fi than you do when connecting to your home network.

In Windows 10, the two network types are: Public and Private. The Public setting offers more security, which you need when accessing a public network. The Private setting is best for home or the office.

To review the current network type, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel.

    In Windows 10, right-click the Start button and choose Control Panel from the super-secret pop-up menu. In Windows 7, choose Control Panel from the Start menu.

  2. Below the Network and Internet heading, click the link View Network Status and Tasks.

    The currently connected network is shown in the Network and Sharing Center window. The current network type is displayed beneath the network name, such as Private Network.

  3. Close the Control Panel window when you’re done.

    The network connection type revealed.
    The network connection type revealed.

In Windows 7, the network types are Home, Work, and Public. The Windows 7 Home type is the same as the Windows 10 Private type. The Windows 7 Work and Public types are the same as Public in Windows 10.