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It’s not what you think
It would be the safest setting to set your home Wi-Fi network to private, right? That is actually incorrect. But don’t let the sloppy terminology confuse you.
When you are on your home network and have configured it as private on your computer, your PC will not be discoverable by other devices connected to the same network. In this case, the public Wi-Fi setting safer than private ones. Yes, you read that right!
If you want to share files or send documents to a family member at your home on the same network or your home printer, you must set your network to private.
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When the network is set to private, your printer will recognize your computer and connect to it to receive the documents you want to print. Clear as mud, right?
Let me summarize again for clarity:
- Private network: Use this setting only for networks that you control or trust. When a network is set to private, your PC is visible to other devices on the network. You can use it for file and printer sharing.
- Public network: Use this to connect to public networks, such as airport or hotel Wi-Fi. Your PC will be hidden from other devices on the network.
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How to change your network from public to private
To share files, print, or otherwise make your devices visible to each other, set your network to private.
Follow these steps on your PC and you’re good to go:
- Right click on the Wi-Fi network icon on the far right of the taskbar.
- Select Open Network & Internet Settings.
- Find your Wi-Fi network and select Properties.
- Select Network profile.
- Select Private.
If you want to improve security, go ahead and go back to the Public option. Just follow the instructions above and when you get to the last step, select Public instead of Private.
Note: This only applies to your home network. You will be prompted to select Public, Private, or Work for each network you connect to. This choice is saved for that network profile.
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