How to check your computer’s connection with your router using a command prompt:

  1. Click Start and Run. In the Open field, type cmd. Press the Enter key or click the OK button.
  2. In the command prompt, type ping (or replace with the correct IP address of your router) and press the Enter key.
  • If you get a reply, the computer is communicating with the Router.
  • If you do NOT get a reply, check the cable, the switch in between the computer and the router, and make sure Obtain an IP address automatically is selected in the TCP/IP settings for your Ethernet adapter.


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