How to Check Connection on Windows 10

Introduction

When we're connected to the internet, our computers help us maintain our financial, social, and professional relationships. We use them for banking and bill paying, online shopping, connecting with our friends and family through email and social networking sites, researching data posted on the Internet, and so much more. This guide will show you ways to check the status of the internet connection that allows us to accomplish all these things on a Windows 10 computer.
Network Icon on Windows 10 Desktop

1 Verify Network Status

To Check Network Status on Windows 10

1st Method

  1. The Network icon in the lower right corner of the screen can tell you a lot about your network connection and the state it’s in.
    Windows 10 notification area with network icon highlighted. Screenshot
  2. The Network icon represents the current status of your network connection. Depending on the current status of your connection, the appearance of this icon will change. The following are the different icons you might see and their corresponding meanings.
    Ethernet Icon Represents an Ethernet connection and successful connection to the internet.
    Ethernet Icon Represents an Ethernet connection with no connection to the internet.
    Network Icon No network adapters are detected or enabled.
    Wi-Fi icon You’re connected to WiFi and the Internet.
    Wi-Fi icon Connected to WiFi, but no Internet connection is detected (also known as limited connectivity).
    Wi-Fi icon A wireless adapter is detected and there are wireless networks in range, but you’re not connected to one.
    Wi-Fi icon Your wireless network adapter is recognized, but no WiFi networks are found and you’re not connected to WiFi.
     
  3. If you want to see even more information about your connection status, click the Network icon itself regardless of what status it currently displays.
    Windows 10 system tray wired network icon.
    or
    Windows 10 system tray wireless network icon.
  4. This will bring up the Network menu. Within your network menu, you can see the status of your current connection. If your device is capable of connecting to WiFi, you will also see a list of wireless networks your device is currently in range of.
    Windows 10 Wi-Fi list. Screenshot
    • The status underneath each network name represent either your device's current connection status to that network, or additional attributes of that network.
        • Connected, Secured: This means you are connected to this WiFi network, and the network is secured with a password.
        • Connected: This means you are connected to this WiFi network. This network may not be password protected.
        • Secured: This is an available WiFi network that requires a password to successfully connect to.
        • Open: This is an available WiFi network with no password required.
    • The icons to the left of each network name indicate an individual network's signal strength. This will vary depending on your physical distance from each network's point of origin, among other factors.
      Wi-FI symbol with full bars WiFi network with very strong signal (Best).
      Wi-Fi symbol with 3 of 4 bars WiFi network with strong signal (Good).
      Wi-Fi symbol with 2 of 4 bars WiFi network with weak signal strength (OK).
      Wi-Fi symbol with 1 of 4 bars WiFi network with very weak signal (Worst).
      Wi-Fi symbol with shield highlighted This WiFi network is not password-protected (Open network).

2nd Method

  1. Select the Start button.
    Windows 10 Start button
  2. Select Settings.
    Settings Icon in Start Menu
  3. Select Network & Internet.
    Settings menu with Network and Internet highlighted. Screenshot
  4. Select Status. Your current connection status will be displayed on the right side of the screen.
    Network and Internet menu with Status highlighted. Screenshot

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When we're connected to the internet, our computers help us maintain our financial, social, and professional relationships. We use them for banking and bill paying, online shopping, connecting with our friends and family through email and social networking sites, researching data posted on the Internet, and so much more. This guide will show you ways to check the status of the internet connection that allows us to accomplish all these things on a Windows 10 computer.
Network Icon on Windows 10 Desktop

To Check Network Status on Windows 10

1st Method

  1. The Network icon in the lower right corner of the screen can tell you a lot about your network connection and the state it’s in.
    Windows 10 notification area with network icon highlighted. Screenshot
  2. The Network icon represents the current status of your network connection. Depending on the current status of your connection, the appearance of this icon will change. The following are the different icons you might see and their corresponding meanings.
    Ethernet Icon Represents an Ethernet connection and successful connection to the internet.
    Ethernet Icon Represents an Ethernet connection with no connection to the internet.
    Network Icon No network adapters are detected or enabled.
    Wi-Fi icon You’re connected to WiFi and the Internet.
    Wi-Fi icon Connected to WiFi, but no Internet connection is detected (also known as limited connectivity).
    Wi-Fi icon A wireless adapter is detected and there are wireless networks in range, but you’re not connected to one.
    Wi-Fi icon Your wireless network adapter is recognized, but no WiFi networks are found and you’re not connected to WiFi.
     
  3. If you want to see even more information about your connection status, click the Network icon itself regardless of what status it currently displays.
    Windows 10 system tray wired network icon.
    or
    Windows 10 system tray wireless network icon.
  4. This will bring up the Network menu. Within your network menu, you can see the status of your current connection. If your device is capable of connecting to WiFi, you will also see a list of wireless networks your device is currently in range of.
    Windows 10 Wi-Fi list. Screenshot
    • The status underneath each network name represent either your device's current connection status to that network, or additional attributes of that network.
        • Connected, Secured: This means you are connected to this WiFi network, and the network is secured with a password.
        • Connected: This means you are connected to this WiFi network. This network may not be password protected.
        • Secured: This is an available WiFi network that requires a password to successfully connect to.
        • Open: This is an available WiFi network with no password required.
    • The icons to the left of each network name indicate an individual network's signal strength. This will vary depending on your physical distance from each network's point of origin, among other factors.
      Wi-FI symbol with full bars WiFi network with very strong signal (Best).
      Wi-Fi symbol with 3 of 4 bars WiFi network with strong signal (Good).
      Wi-Fi symbol with 2 of 4 bars WiFi network with weak signal strength (OK).
      Wi-Fi symbol with 1 of 4 bars WiFi network with very weak signal (Worst).
      Wi-Fi symbol with shield highlighted This WiFi network is not password-protected (Open network).

2nd Method

  1. Select the Start button.
    Windows 10 Start button
  2. Select Settings.
    Settings Icon in Start Menu
  3. Select Network & Internet.
    Settings menu with Network and Internet highlighted. Screenshot
  4. Select Status. Your current connection status will be displayed on the right side of the screen.
    Network and Internet menu with Status highlighted. Screenshot

There are times when you need more detailed information about your connection, such as your internal IP address, router IP address etc.

1st Method

  1. Right-click on Start menu and click on Run. Win+R will also work
    Menu with Run highlighted. Screenshot
    Windows key and R. Screenshot
  2. In the Run window type in ncpa.cpl and click on OK.
    Run window with ncpa.cpl typed in. Screenshot
  3. You will see a screen with all of your network adapters.
    Network connection window. Screenshot
  4. Right-Click on your adapter, and click on Status.
    Network Connections window with Status highlighted. Screenshot
  5. The Connection Status window opens up, click on Details.
    Connection Status with Details highlighted. Screenshot
  6. In the Network Connection Details window you will see information you may need.
    • Physical Address: is also known as MAC address.
    • IPv4 Address: This is your internal address for your computer.
    • IPv4 Default Gateway: This is your router's IP address.
    • IPv4 DNS Servers: This is the IP address for the DNS server you are using, typically this is provided by your ISP
      Details Window. Screenshot

2nd Method

  1. Select the Start button.
    Windows 10 Start button
  2. Select Settings.
    Settings Icon in Start Menu
  3. Select Network & Internet.
    Settings menu with Network and Internet highlighted. Screenshot
  4. Select Status. Then select Change adapter options.
    Status menu with Change adapter options highlighted. Screenshot
  5. You will see a screen with all of your network adapters.
    Network connection window. Screenshot
  6. Right-Click on your adapter, and click on Status.
    Network Connections window with Status highlighted. Screenshot
  7. The Connection Status window opens up, click on Details.
    Connection Status with Details highlighted. Screenshot
  8. In the Network Connection Details window you will see information you may need.
    • Physical Address: is also known as MAC address.
    • IPv4 Address: This is your internal address for your computer.
    • IPv4 Default Gateway: This is your router's IP address.
    • IPv4 DNS Servers: This is the IP address for the DNS server you are using, typically this is provided by your ISP
      Details Window. Screenshot
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