Command Prompt

Using the command prompt is a fast and efficient way of locating vital information on a wide array of components and devices for your computer and will often be faster then searching the windows control panel. One of the most common commands run on the command prompt is ipconfig /all. This command gives you all the detailed information of your network adapter.


ipconfig
CMD

Step #1 – Type CMD in your start menu.

ipconfig /all
ipconfig /all

Step #2 – Type ipconfig /all and press the enter key.

Step #3 – All the info on your network adapter is displayed.

(Note that in some cases you may have to right + click cmd and Run As Administrator.)


Network Adapter info
Network Adapter info

Using the command prompt to rename files is fast and efficient way to convert file types.

Step #1 – Type CMD in your start menu

DOS rename
DOS rename

Step #2 – Type dir and then type CD to change directories

Step #3 – Type file name and rename to the extension you wish to change the file to.

DOS rename2
DOS rename2

The following are the steps to pinging address’s to check if your formulating a connection to internal and external address’s.

ping
ping

Step #1 – Type CMD in the start menu.

Step #2 – Type ping and the address name Examplehttp://www.google.com or 192.168.1.64

If you see general failure you will know your connection is timing out before reaching its destination.


tracert
tracert

In these steps I give examples of the DOS command tracert. Tracert is a good way to determine the route of an IP address and determine if there is packet loss or finding the physical location of a specific address.

Step #1 – Type cmd in your start menu.

Step #2 – Type tracert then the address Exampletracert http://www.google.com or 192.168.1.64


netstat
netstat

In the following steps I give examples of the netstat command, this command shows all connections to your PC, and can be very useful in locating unwanted or unneeded connections.

Step #1 – Type cmd in your start menu.

Step #2 – Type netstat to list your connections.

(Note – Under netstat help command you can find a list of additional options for limiting or expanding the view of ports, protocols, address information, etc.)