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I have Win 11 setup on a laptop. I'm doing some experiments with a WiFi extender but when I connect to the WiFi connection presented by that device Windows sees it as a public network. Any idea how to change this to Private in Win 11? In Windows 10 I found this so easy to find, but for the life of me I cannot find it in Win 11.
 

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Press Start and type wifi, then SSID properties. That will then show Public or Private.
 

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Nope, not working for me. What's odd is that for Ethernet I get the option to switch between public and private, but not WiFi.
 

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Nope, not working for me. What's odd is that for Ethernet I get the option to switch between public and private, but not WiFi.
To change your connection from either public or private, the WiFi has to be enabled as main connection. Then you will have the choice for either private or public.
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For WiFi and Ethernet, it is quite easy, how to do it for other networks like VPNs ?
Thanks and regards
 

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Nope, not working for me. What's odd is that for Ethernet I get the option to switch between public and private, but not WiFi.
The old media sharing trick still works in WIndows 11, when WiFi in settings is missing the option to switch from public to private network.

1.) Open Network and Sharing Centre, and select Change advanced sharing settings:

Private WiFi 1.jpg

2.) Select All networks, click Choose media streaming options:

Private WiFi 2.jpg

3.) Click Turn on media streaming:

Private WiFi 3.jpg

4.) Click OK:

Private WiFi 4.jpg

The public WiFi network has now been switched to private.

Kari
 
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The problem turned out to be some oddity with the network device to which I was connected. I was using a network bridge to connect me to a WiFi network using a physical Ethernet connection from my computer.

Why not just use a USB WiFi adapter, you might ask?

The whole idea was to be able to perform Wake-On-LAN which only works over Ethernet, and not WiFi. However, by using a bride to bridge your WiFi adapter to the WiFi network, it actually works.
 

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    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
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    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
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    HP Envy 32
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    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
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    HP Spectre x360 15-BL012DX
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    Intel i7-7500U
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