Many of us are already using fast broadband connections these days and it’s important to know whether the information you are sending or receiving is correct and error free. When there is an error in sending or receiving data you might have problems downloading or uploading files and they could fail MD5 checksums or appear corrupt and the downloaded Zip or Rar archive won’t open etc. For example, if you keep getting errors sending packets but not receiving, then that could actually point to a faulty network adapter.
Error information can be an important first step in troubleshooting a connection. It’s very easy to view the basic network connection information, and you can see a network connection’s current status, connection duration, speed and packets or bytes sent and received for the connection. This is usually found by double-clicking the status icon in the system tray or going through Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings in Vista and above. The Status dialog box by default shows nearly everything but weirdly chooses not to display errors for the connection.
Before using sophisticated or tough to use packet sniffing software to detect packet loss and errors, you can just enable a hidden setting in Windows to show you any possible errors with your connection. Here’s how to do it with a quick registry change and the information will be added to the status dialog window.