HOWTO change network connection category quickly

During the COVID-19 global event, I needed to set up VPNs, remote connections…

I also discovered that changing the network connection category can be quite a trick in Windows 10 GUI.

I discovered that is a simple task by using Powershell


  • Open a Powershell window with administrative rights
  • run the following command:

it will show one or more of the following:

Name : my_wifi
InterfaceAlias : Wi-Fi
InterfaceIndex : 7
NetworkCategory : Private
IPv4Connectivity : Internet
IPv6Connectivity : LocalNetwork
  • choose the connection to update
  • then run the following command to set the desired category:
Set-NetConnectionProfile -interfaceindex <interface_index> -networkcategory <private/public>