I am going to assume that you can not see the local area network icon at the bottom right hand corner of your screen. This is becuase there is a setting that you have to enable for it to show up. Follow these instructions:
1.) Click Start
2.) Click Control Panel
3.) On the left side of control panel click "switch to classic view"
4.) Double Click Network Connections
5.) Right Click on "Local Area Connection"
6.) Click Properties
7.) In the Local Area Connection Properties Box there should be two check boxes at the bottom. Make sure there is a check-mark on "Show in in notification area when connected"
That should allow you to see the icon from your desktop in the lower right hand corner of your screen.