Windows Network Tray Icon Explained

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Windows Network Tray Icon

Learn how to interpret Windows network tray icon on your bottom right screen. You can analyze and find accurate solution for your network problems.

Network icon on Windows gives you information about your current networks status. Whether this is wireless, wired Ethernet, dial-up or other network connections. This indicator icon located on your bottom right windows screen (tray icon).

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Windows network tray icon helps you to monitor any change on your network status. The status can be disconnected, limited access to network, low WiFi signal and so on. Any changes on the icon represent different meaning in network status. If you want to know the meaning behind each icon, then read through the end of article.

Next we are going to give you information how to interpret the indicator. Hence, you will be able to accurately find solution when you are having connection problem.

Windows Network Tray Icon Explained

There are two types network status icon on windows. First for wireless and second for wired connection. Wireless signal represented by signal icon and wired signal represented by cable icon

Windows Network Tray Icon - wifi indicator

Wireless network icon status indicator.

Windows Network Tray Icon - wired iconWired network icon status indicator.

1. No connection available – not connected

Windows Network Tray Icon Explained - Wifi adapter disconnected

Icon above means your computer is not connected to network and no network detected. This issue probably because your wired or wireless adapter network have not started, driver not installed correctly, network failure and other problems. Therefore if this icon shows up, click it. Next, select “Troubleshoot”, then detailed information will displayed. At this point, you will get further explanation and also automatic fix menu for your network problem.Windows Network Tray Icon Explained - Wifi adapter troubleshoot

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2. Not connected – Connections are available

Windows Network Tray Icon Explained - Wifi adapter disconnected network available

The icon indicates your computer is not connected to any network but there is network available. If so, click the icon to detect available network(s) for you.

3. Connecting to network

Windows Network Tray Icon Explained - Wifi adapter connecting to a network

Another indicator icon with blue circle loading on top of icon, it means your computer is in the middle of process trying to connect to available network.

4. Connected – No Internet access/limited access

Windows Network Tray Icon Explained - Wifi adapter connected limited access

Next, icon indicator with exclamation mark means your computer already connected to a network but there is no internet access or limited access. Therefore, you need to check your modem or router then restart it.

5. Connected to network

Windows Network Tray Icon Explained - Wifi and Wired adapter connected

Windows Network Tray Icon Explained - Wifi and Wired adapter connected

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Finally, the most wanted icon displayed on every computer. Icon with white color means your computer successfully connected to a network.

That is how you interpret windows network tray icon. Try to understand the meaning behind each icon. As a result, you will be able to analyze and accurately find the solution for your network problem.

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