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  • Last Updated : 17 May, 2020

There could be instances where we need to check our current network connectivity or sometimes troubleshoot a particular connection. We can follow a few simple steps to check the active connections. We also have some predefined commands that when entered in command prompt give a detailed explanation about the connection including the IP address, port numbers, and connection status. In this article lets look at the ways to check the active network connections on Windows.

Network Connections

There are two methods to check network connections:

Method 1: Using control panel

Step 1: In the search tab, search for the control panel and click on view network status and tasks below the Network and Internet. (This displays the current network the system is connected to.)

Step 2: You can click on connections to check the network status

Step 3: Click on Details for more information about the network connection like IPv6 address, subnet mask, etc.


Step 1: Go to settings and click on Network & Internet

Step 2: Select Ethernet and then click on Network and Sharing Center that would navigate to the same page where the current network is shown

Method 2: Using Network connections folder

Step 1: In the search bar type: “ncpa.cpl” and press enter

This would show all the connections but we can identify the active connection using the green icon

Step 2: Right-click on the active connection and click on the status to see the status page.

Now, you can click on details for more information just like we did in the earlier steps

Checking All active connections

Other than the internet connections which we have seen till now, there are many more active connections in order for the system to function. To look at such connections follow the steps below:

Step 1: In the search bar type “cmd” (Command Prompt) and press enter.

Alternatively, press “ + R” on the keyboard. In the open text box type “cmd” and click on OK

This would open the command prompt window.

Step 2: We can now enter the netstat commands to look at all current active connections

netstat -a” shows all the currently active connections and the output display the protocol, source, and destination addresses along with the port numbers and the state of the connection.

netstat -b” shows the executable involved in creating each connection or listening port

Please note that we need extra privileges to execute this output. We might see the following error.

In such cases, open the command prompt and run it as administrator.

netstat -n” shows similar outputs with IP addresses rather than names of system or services

netstat /?” shows all the options available with the command

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