If you are a network administrator or advanced user, you probably have multiple network cards in your computer. Deep digging into device details can be tricky, if you want to see detailed information about your network adapters on all the network cards you have installed. But in fact this is not a difficult thing.
Here, Macworld will show you two ways to view information about network adapter in Windows 10: One way is to use the tools that are integrated into the system, the way left is to use the tool Nirsoft marvelous NetworkInterfacesView, for lets you dig a little deeper.
1. Use the 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 individual network interface. To open the System Information tool, follow the steps below:
B1: Open the Start menu and enter msinfo32 or “system information”. Select System Information from the results. This will open the System Information tool. Please note that it may take several minutes before the actual data are displayed on the window.
B2: Go to Components> Network> Adapter .
B3: You can scroll through the list of adapters in the right pane.
To copy any line of information, just select it and press Ctrl + C. This will copy the information to the clipboard. You can also export complete information about 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 that provided by the System Information tool. To get information about network interface via command line, just open Command Prompt and issue the following command:
This will display details about all network interfaces, whether they are active or not.
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2. Use the NetworkInterfacesView tool
NetworkInterfacesView is a handy portable tool from Nirsoft. The benefit of NetworkInterfacesView is that it uses the Windows Registry to get information about the active and inactive network adapters. It will list both the network adapters in use, as well as the network adapters that have been used previously on the computer. NetworkInterfacesView will provide you with 3 device states:
- Active devices are shown with green status icons.
- Inactive devices are shown with a yellow status icon.
- Disconnected devices are shown with red status icons.
NetworkInterfacesView’s default view shows only a brief overview of all network adapters. The view expands as you scroll horizontally. If you want to see details about a particular adapter, just double-click on the adapter name and a new window will open with details about the device.
Another advantage of NetworkInterfacesView over the built-in System Information utility is that it allows users to store information about individual adapters as well as export complete network adapter information.
To save details about an individual adapter, select that item, then click “Save selected item” from the File menu . To save details about all of the listed items, select “HTML Report – All items” .
NetworkInterfacesView displays the following information about each network adapter:
- Device Name
- Connection name
- IP Address
- Subnet mask
- Default gateway
- DNS server
- DHCP information
- DHCP server
- Instance ID (ID adapter)
- Instance GUID (GUID adapter)
- MAC Address
All this information can be obtained from the System Information tool (msinfo32), but NetworkInterfacesView allows you to view network adapter details in a more user-friendly format.
Despite its older interface, this tool is currently supported and works well for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10. Also, it’s free to use.