Tips to view network connection status in a system
What are the tips to enable the network connection status on the system? What is the purpose of viewing the status?
The Operating Systems display an icon at the system taskbar while the computer is connected to the network. The icon will appear at the notification area of the system taskbar. The purpose of the notification icon is to display the status of the network connection upon the system. If the user system is not displaying the connection status on the system, then the user can enable the option. For that open the control panel window and select the network connections option. Then open the network connections folder and right click on the connection that is available at the window. Choose the properties option and then under the general tab find the two options that are to be selected for the purpose of enabling the notification. The options are ‘show icon in notification area when connected’ and ‘notify me when this connection has limited or no connectivity’. After enabling the options, click ok and exit the wizard. Now the network connection status icon will appear at the taskbar.
Discussed below is the need to view the network connection status in a system:
- To alert the user about the connection status
- Shortcut to the network connections folder
- For the purpose of troubleshooting the issues
To alert the user about the connection status
The network connection status icon which is present at the taskbar on the system is a notification to the user. The icon alerts the user about the connection status of the network to which the system is connected. The icon will display the various status of the connections like connected, not connected, acquiring connection address etc. Limited and no connection status are also displayed along with the speed of the connection.
Shortcut to the network connections folder
The network connection status icon at the notification area can also be considered as a shortcut to the network connections folder. The user can use the option if the network places folder icon on the desktop is disabled due to over traffic at the desktop. In such situations the network connection icon helps the user to view the folder by right clicking on the icon and choosing the open network connections option.
The user can also use the network connection icon as a troubleshooting option. Right click on the icon to display a number of options like disable, repair, status, change firewall settings, open network connections option etc. The user can repair the connection if any issues occur by clicking on the repair option. The network settings can also be changed if any issues occur with the connection by opening the network connections option.
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