Windows 10: System Tray icon for Network Access

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       10 Apr 2018 #1

    System Tray icon for Network Access


    Looking for insight on System Tray Icons.

    Our home router shut down it's 4 wired ports, probably in a power outage. I did a Firmware update and power cycled (off/on) the router and the ports are back. But ...
    This caused me much grief in that the Network Status said I was getting out via Ethernet but the System Tray was insisting that only wireless connections, either the 5.0 or 2.4 GHz, were available. The wired Ethernet connection does not display! Huh?
    When did that occur and why was this changed (OK, I acknowledge that last is a dumb [emoji3] guestion.)

    Thanks, cvt
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  2. Masterchiefxx17's Avatar
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       10 Apr 2018 #2

    Hi and Welcome!

    Are the ports on your router gigabit ports? Everything is securely connected?

    If you click on the wireless icon in the system tray, does it show both connections? If you disconnect the wireless, does it fail over to the Ethernet?
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       11 Apr 2018 #3

    Masterchiefxx17 said: View Post
    Hi and Welcome!

    Are the ports on your router gigabit ports? Everything is securely connected?

    If you click on the wireless icon in the system tray, does it show both connections? If you disconnect the wireless, does it fail over to the Ethernet?
    The router is an ASUS nnnnRT AC. Yes to gigbit ports. All are securely connected. After the Firmware update and power cycle its back up and running as well as before.
    Doing further reading on this forum has gotten me some hints as to that system Tray display (right-click on icons) that I'll try.
    Just rather strange that the Ethernet (wired) connection icon disappeared. I want to get that back.
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  4. bro67's Avatar
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       11 Apr 2018 #4

    Power Outages do not shut down Ethernet ports. A Electrical Surge can cause the Ethernet ports to stop working. If the Gateway is not working, replace.
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       11 Apr 2018 #5

    bro67 said: View Post
    Power Outages do not shut down Ethernet ports. A Electrical Surge can cause the Ethernet ports to stop working. If the Gateway is not working, replace.
    On the Router the LEDs for both Wireless channels were lit. The 4 wired ports we're not. They are all glowing now.
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       12 Apr 2018 #6

    Can I attach picture of the System tray, hmm maybe not yet?
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       12 Apr 2018 #7

    Picture of the System tray,
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Wireless not cable.jpg  
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       12 Apr 2018 #8

    My question is - why (now) do I see only the 2.4 or 5.0 GHz connection in the window but _not_ the Ethernet Cable? And how do I restore the behavior that I favor?
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  9. Masterchiefxx17's Avatar
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       12 Apr 2018 #9

    The icon is showing an Ethernet cable is attached to the PC and the network is named Asus_24.
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       12 Apr 2018 #10

    Masterchiefxx17 said: View Post
    The icon is showing an Ethernet cable is attached to the PC and the network is named Asus_24.
    In that case your reading it different than I am. The Router is an ASUS and the two wireless connection are named (by me) ASUS 2.4 & ASUS 5.0.
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