Enable and disable Internet connection

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  1. allesok

    allesok New Member

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    For security reasons, I want to turn my Internet connection via my Netgear router on and off, as I like.
    In Windows XP it was easy. I could pull out a LAN icon from the Network connection section in the Control Panel to the desktop.
    Then all I needed was to click it and choose to disable/enable the Internet connection.
    I could also disable it from the tray icon and enable it from the LAN icon.
    In Windows 7 I don't find such a possibility. It is in the Internet all the time, or if I disable it, it is complicated to enable it again...
    Is there an easy way, not around 7 corners?
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Windows Forum Admin
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    Start -> Search -> View Network Connections

    Let's go a step further. If you want to create a shortcut to this location on the desktop:

    Right-click the desktop
    Go to New -> Shortcut
    Location of the item: : %windir%\system32\control.exe netconnections
    Name for this shortcut: Network Connections
    Finish

    Windows 7 still contains the network adapter listing and controls under Network Connections. However, an updated networking stack and additional features have been added to the GUI that may make it a bit more difficult to find using the Classic Control Panel. I hope that this helps.
     
  3. allesok

    allesok New Member

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    Thanks! That worked!
     
  4. davehc

    davehc Microsoft MVP
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    Nice shortcut Mike, but I was drawn to your comment regarding the classic view.
    Have I missed an update or?? Mine is still the same (I think) I use the small icon view by default. - Device manager and there is the adapter. Or: Network and sharing centre - Local area connection.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Windows Forum Admin
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    I am talking about the ability to access it quickly from Networking and Sharing Center and how different it looks from XP.
     
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    davehc Microsoft MVP
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    ok- Understood.
     
  7. overdub

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    Excellent advice...works perfectly
     

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