|Jeff Root: So my question is what does it mean when it indicates that|
guest or public networks are connected? What does it think is connected to what?
Two viewpoints you need to keep in mind here. First can be brought up whenever we're talking about modern Windows behavior. With Win8, Microsoft decided Windows was a phone/tablet OS that just happened to run on PCs/laptops. While MS backed off on some of the GUI stuff in Win10, they've pushed ahead on all of the other fronts.
The second viewpoint is more about terminology. It's a viewpoint from an IT guy setting up a network. If I was setting up a wireless network for a restaurant, I'd create two separate networks. The first would be a work or private network, probably access controlled with a password. On this network would go everything that was managed by the business. The second network would be a public network for guests. They get the captive portal, possibly QoS'ed, denied access to the private network, and either no password or a simple password that's changed often / expires quickly. Obviously the level of trust I'd have for devices on one of these networks varies greatly from a device on the other network.
Not mentioned would be the home network, where I don't really care what the devices do, so long as everyone plays nicely together.
So we got three different types of networks, with different levels of trust and expectations between them. Windows assumes the least amount of trust and locks itself down unless told otherwise.
How you tell it otherwise changes with the Windows version. In 7, you can just tell it which network is which. After 7, and now we're going with what I've been told, the network's role would depend on what you did on the network. Join a homegroup? That network's now your home net. Your device can reach its assigned domain controller? You must be on a work network. Otherwise you're on a guest/public network.
If you're wondering why Windows doesn't ask you which kind of network you're on these days, I suspect it's because your phone/tablet could easily connect to half a dozen networks over its day, and answering the question every time would be tedious.
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