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Windows® 7 Visual™ Quick Tips by Paul McFedries

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10.1. View the Current Status of Your Network

You can make sure your network is operating at its most efficient by checking its current status from time to time.

These days, networks are generally quite reliable and you can often go for long periods without any problem. Of course, networks are not perfect, so slowdowns, outages, glitches, and other problems are bound to arise occasionally.

You can anticipate potential problems and gather network information in the event of a problem by viewing the network status. The status first tells you the most basic piece of information you require: whether the computer has a connection to the network. Beyond that, the status also tells you how long the computer has been connected to the network, how fast ...

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