A+: My Network Places

My Network Places manages both dial-up and broadband, and shows network locations listed in the standard multi-pane Explorer view. If you need to see the type of connection, go to the tasks pane and and click on View Network Connections. Right-clicking on the connection and choosing Properties lets you configure a connection. If you need to fix a failed connection, select it then choose Repair This Connection in the pane for Network Tasks. 

The Properties sheet shows services, network clients and protocols, and the Sharing tab under Properties lets you share a Wi-Fi connection with an Xbox 360 over a cable if you're on a road trip in a hotel with an Internet connection which requires a sign-in to connect.