Checking network status in C#


How do I check that I have an open network connection and can contact a specific ip address in c#? I have seen example in VB.Net but they all use the 'My' structure. Thank you.

11/24/2008 2:09:56 PM

Accepted Answer

If you just want to check if the network is up then use:

bool networkUp
    = System.Net.NetworkInformation.NetworkInterface.GetIsNetworkAvailable();

To check a specific interface's status (or other info) use:

NetworkInterface[] networkCards
    = System.Net.NetworkInformation.NetworkInterface.GetAllNetworkInterfaces();

To check the status of a remote computer then you'll have to connect to that computer (see other answers)

11/24/2008 2:43:01 PM

If you want to monitor for changes in the status, use the System.Net.NetworkInformation.NetworkChange.NetworkAvailabilityChanged event:

    += new NetworkAvailabilityChangedEventHandler(NetworkChange_NetworkAvailabilityChanged);
_isNetworkOnline = NetworkInterface.GetIsNetworkAvailable();

// ...
void NetworkChange_NetworkAvailabilityChanged(object sender, NetworkAvailabilityEventArgs e)
    _isNetworkOnline  = e.IsAvailable;

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