No matter what crazy combination of Internet connections you’ve accumulated on your computer, Windows represents each one as a connection icon. You can view them, rename them, change their settings, or just admire them by opening the window shown at top in Figure 13-2.
To get there, open the Network Connections window. Here’s the quickest way to go about it: Open the Start screen. Type view net and then select Settings. You see “View network connections” in the results; select it.
These icons are handy because their Properties boxes are crammed with useful information. A dial-up connection icon stores your name, password, phone number, and so on; a broadband or wireless icon stores various technical Internet connection details.
In these and other situations, you need a way to make manual changes to your connections. Here, for example, is how you might change the Internet settings for a cable modem, DSL, or wireless connection: