Review Network and Sharing Center icons

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

You can use this topic to review the meaning of icons that are displayed in Network and Sharing Center.

Network and Sharing center displays icons that represent available network connections. These icons include elements that are layered on top of each other to convey status information about that connection.


Icon Description Icon

The network connection is enabled and connected.

Icon used to represent an active connection

The network connection is disabled or not connected.

A connection that is disabled or disconnected

Wired LAN connection.

A wired LAN or IEEE 1394 connection

Wireless network connection.

A wireless network connection

Virtual private network (VPN) connection.

A virtual private network (VPN) connection

Dial-up network connection.

A dial-up network connection

A network connection created with Connection Manager.

A network connection created by Connection Manager

Bluetooth personal area network (PAN) connection.

A Bluetooth network connection

Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) connection.

A broadband network connection using PPPoE

On a wired LAN connection, this indicates that the network cable is disconnected or broken. In the case of a wireless network adapter, it indicates that it is not currently associated with an access point.

A connection that is physically unplugged

Indicates that this is the default network connection.

The default network connection

No modem is available for a dial-up connection.

No modem is available for this dial-up network

Network bridge - indicates that one or more of the high speed network connections are bridged through this computer.

Network Bridge

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