To view the status of a local area connection
Open Network Connections
Do one of the following:
To monitor activity for the current session, right-click the local area connection, and then click Status.
To automatically enable the status monitor each time the connection is active, right-click the local area connection, click Properties, and then select the Show icon in taskbar notification area when connected check box.
To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections.
You can view and modify the network components of a local area connection, such as network protocol settings, by clicking Properties.
By default, the status monitor is disabled for local area connections, but enabled for all other types of connections.