View network connection status in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

You can use this procedure to view the current status of your network connection. Information available includes the type of connectivity (local or Internet) provided by both IPv4 and IPv6.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

You can use the following methods to view the status of a network connection:

  1. Start Network and Sharing Center.

  2. In the list of networks, find the network you want, and click View Status.

    Windows displays the Connection Status page.

  1. Open the Network Connections folder and view available connections.

  2. Right-click the connection you want to view, and then click Status.

    Windows displays the Connection Status page.

  • On the Connection Status page described in either of the previous two procedures, click the Details button.

    Windows displays the Network Connection Details page.

  • At a command prompt, type the following, and then press ENTER:

    ipconfig /all


    Value Description


    Specifies that the command should return detailed information about the connection

  • Standard users can view the status of the network connection. To make any changes you might need to be a member of the Administrators group or the Network Configuration Operators group, depending on the change.

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