TESTING THE INTERNET CONNECTION

OF A "WINDOWS COMPUTER"

 

Objective:

Test the Internet connection of a Windows computer without depending Web browser software applications.

 

These instructions are applicable to "Windows XP", "Windows Vista", and "Windows 7" computers.

 

Step 1:

Make sure that all network equipment such as cable or DSL modems, routers, network switches, wireless access points, and powerline transmission equipment are powered up.

 

Step 2:

If you have not already done so, power up your Windows computer and wait for the Windows "Desktop" to load and a normal-looking mouse cursor to appear.

 

Step 3:

Click on the Windows "Start" button.

 

Step 4:

Click on the word "Run" if the "Start Menu" has it.

Ignore this step if the "Start Menu" does not have a "Run" item.

 

Step 5

Type

cmd

into the "Run" box or the "Search" box.

 

Step 6:

Press once on the Enter key of the keyboard.

 

 

Step 7:

A dark-looking "C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe" window will be displayed:

 

Step 8:

Type

ftp ftp.cisco.com

 

 

 

(Put at least one space between the two instances of "ftp".

 

Step 9:

Press once on the Enter key of the keyboard.

 

Step 10:

If you see the following text information from the "Cisco" FTP site:

 

 

 by a login prompt:

 

 

and if the end of the displayed text has a "User.." login prompt for the Cisco FTP site, you have a good connection to the Internet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you see the following screen, instead, then your computer does not have a connection to the Internet.