Useful Network Commands For Windows/DOS

Windows  has a whole array of helpful command line tools for configuring and testing Internet and LAN connections. The following is a list of useful network commands that can be used from the command prompt. A lot of these commands are intended for administrating a network, but they are great for savvy home users as well. All of the tools are run by opening a Command window and entering the appropriate command. Go to Start-Run and enter “cmd” to open a Command window.

  • net – Used to start, stop and view networking operations.
  • ipconfig – Displays the IP Address and other TCP/IP information on your system.
  • netstat – Returns protocol statistics and current TCP/IP connections.
  • hostname – Displays the Microsoft networking computer name.
  • lpq – Displays the print queue status of an LPD printer.
  • ping – Verify the connectivity or a host across a network.
  • nbtstat – Returns protocol statistics and current TCP/IP connections.
  • ipxroute – Displays and modifies IPX routing tables.
  • route – Manipulates TCP/IP routing information
  • tracert – Displays route taken by an ICMP to a remote host.
  • finger – Displays information about the user
  • arp – Displays or modifies information in the ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) cache
  • getmac – Lists the MAC (Media Access Control) Address on the computer network interfaces

Add  /? to the command will provide more information e.g. ipconfig show more information about ipconfig command.

Some Applications:

  • Display Connection Configuration: ipconfig /all
  • Display DNS Cache Info Configuration: ipconfig /displaydns
  • Clear DNS Cache: ipconfig /flushdns
  • Release All IP Address Connections: ipconfig /release
  • Renew All IP Address Connections: ipconfig /renew
  • Re-Register the DNS connections: ipconfig /registerdns
  • Change/Modify DHCP Class ID: ipconfig /setclassid
  • Network Connections: control netconnections
  • Network Setup Wizard: netsetup.cpl
  • Test Connectivity: ping www.simplenetworktips.blogspot.com
  •  Trace IP address Route: tracert
  • Displays the TCP/IP protocol sessions: netstat
  • Display Local Route: route
  • Display Resolved MAC Addresses: arp
  • Display Name of Computer Currently on: hostname
  • Display DHCP Class Information:ipconfig /showclassid

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