Wi-Fi is a wireless radio technology used to connect computers, including tablets, smartphones, and other devices to the internet. It is the radio signal sent from a wireless router to a nearby device, which translates the signal into data you can see and use. The device transmits a radio signal back to the router, which connects to the internet by wire or cable.
What is a Wi-Fi network?
A Wi-Fi network is simply an internet connection that’s shared with multiple devices in a home or business via a wireless router. The router is connected directly to your internet modem and acts as a hub to broadcast the internet signal to all your Wi-Fi enabled devices. This gives you flexibility to stay connected to the internet as long as you’re within your network coverage area.
What does Wi-Fi stand for?
Wi-Fi is a marketing term and is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. It does not actually stand for anything, though “Wi-Fi” could have been a play on “hi-fi”.
Some simple points.
Wi-Fi and the Internet are two different things. Wi-Fi is one method of connection to the internet.
Wi-Fi and your phones 3g, 4g or 5g mobile signals are also different. These mobile signals connect you to a Mobile Phone Cell tower and it provides the internet to you. Yes, these mobile signals are Wireless Radio signals, but they are not Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi is method of establishing a computer network and can be used without access to the internet. It is possible to have computers, printers etc at home connect to each other via Wi-Fi, without any Internet connection.
Wi-Fi is a Radio signal; therefore, it will be affected by interference and can be blocked (
Wi-Fi uses only a very low power and is easily disrupted or blocked
I regularly see or hear questions like this. After discussing with users it’s evident to me that most people who have little understanding of Wi-Fi Internet and confuse it with their phones 3/4/5g Mobile Network connections.
So, I’ve put together a few short articles to cover the issues. I’ll will update these based on any feed back I receive.
Occassionally you may want a user account to not display on the Windows 10 logon page.
One main use case for me has been when setting up scanners to send direct to a PC share. In these cases I create a limited account with only the rights to that share. But the user account will display on the logon screen. So annoying!
So there are a few ways to do this.
Remove the account from the Group – Users (and Administrators) or any other interactive group
Make them a User of a Group that just gives access to the share you need – if available the HomeUsers Group works well
Editing the registry
If you have a User account that you dont want to display – say they only connect via a remote connection then editing the Registry is the answer.
Editing registry to hide an account
Open registry editor
Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command,
Type regedit, and click OK to open the Windows Registry.
Browse to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Right-click the Winlogon, select New, and click Key.
Name the new key SpecialAccounts.
Right-click the SpecialAccounts key, select new, and click Key.
Name the new key UserList.
Inside of UserList, right-click, select New, and click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Name this DWORD key with the name of the account you’re intending to hide.
Make sure the DWORD key has its data value is set to 0. (Zero Hide or change to 1 to show)
Important: A hidden account can only access the PC via an interactive logon process. Such as a remote connection. If you want to log onto the PC with a hidden account you will need to turn on Interactive Logon in windows 10. This turns off the simple logon process.