How to View Network Adapter Details in Windows 10

How To View Network Adapter Details In Windows 10 Feature

If you are a network administrator or an advanced user, you probably have multiple network cards in your computer. Digging deep into the device details can be a daunting thought if you want to view network adapter details on all the network cards you have installed, but it’s actually not such a hard thing to do.

Here we show you two ways to view the details of your network adapter in Windows 10: one is integrated into the system, the other is a great Nirsoft tool called NetworkInterfacesView, which lets you dig a little deeper.

1. Using System Information Tool

One of the easiest ways to view network adapter details in Windows 10 is to use the System Information tool, which provides details about each network interface separately. To open the System Information tool, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Start menu and type msinfo32 or “system information.” Select System Information from the results. This will open the system information tool. Please note that it may take a few moments before the actual data is displayed on the window.

2. Go to “Components -> Network -> Adapter.”

3. You can scroll through the list of adapters in the pane on the right.

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To copy any line of information, just select the line and press Ctrl + C. This will copy the information to the clipboard. You can also export complete information about the network adapters by going to “File -> Export.”

You can also get the same information using the command line, but the information will be less than the one provided by the system information tool. To get network interface information through the command line, just open the command prompt (open Start, type cmd, and select Command Prompt) and issue the following command:

This will show details about all the network interfaces, whether active or inactive.

How To View Network Adapter Details In Windows 10 Command

2. Using the NetworkInterfacesView Tool

NetworkInterfacesView is a nifty portable tool from Nirsoft. The benefit of NetworkInterfacesView is that it makes use of the Windows Registry in order to get information about the active and inactive network adapters. It will list both the network adapters being used, as well as those that have been used in the past, on the computer. It will give you three statuses of the devices:

  • Active devices will be shown with a green status icon.
  • Non-operational devices will be shown with a yellow status icon.
  • Disconnected devices will be shown with a red status icon.
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The default view of NetworkInterfacesView shows only a brief overview of all the network adapters. The view expands as you scroll horizontally. If you want to view detailed information about a particular adapter, just double-click the adapter name, and a new window will open with detailed information about the device.

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Another advantage of NetworkInterfacesView over the built-in system information utility is that it lets the user save information about individual adapters as well as exporting the complete network adapter information.

To save details about an individual item, select the item and then “Save selected item” from the File menu. To save details about all the listed items, select “HTML Report – All items.”

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NetworkInterfacesView shows the following information about each network adapter:

  • Device Name
  • Connection name
  • IP Address
  • Subnet mask
  • Default gateway
  • DNS Servers
  • DHCP information
  • DHCP Servers
  • Instance ID
  • Instance GUID
  • MTU
  • Status
  • MAC Address

All this information can be obtained from the system information tool (msinfo32), but NetworkInterfacesView lets you view network adapter details in a more friendly format.

Despite the more dated interface, the tool is still currently supported and works well for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10. Plus, it’s completely free to use.

Troubleshoot Network Adapters

If you’d like to do more than just view network adapter details, use the built-in Network Adapter Troubleshooter. It’s designed to help find and diagnose errors. When you have multiple network cards installed, this can help quickly pinpoint the cause of a problem.

How To View Network Adapter Details In Windows 10 Trouble

Open Start and type “network adapter.” Select “Find and fix problems with your network adapter” from the results, then proceed through the troubleshooting tool.

You can also learn how to change the network priority to ensure you’re connecting to your preferred network each time or learn how to fix Wi-Fi connection errors in Windows 10.

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Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.

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