43. Check WiFi Adapter Status
Now that you have configured your computer for network access and TCP/IP settings, you might want to check the status of your WiFi network adapter in the Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box. Not only does this dialog box allow you to check the connection duration and signal strength, it also allows you to view the IP address that has was assigned to the adapter by your WiFi router.
Being able to view the status allows you to tell whether the adapter is working correctly. Although the duration of the connection isn't all that important a setting (unless you are experiencing signal dropouts and are losing the connection), knowing whether the WiFi router has assigned an IP address to the adapter is important. And being able to quickly view the signal strength of the connection lets you determine how well the PC can receive the radio signals from the WiFi router.
Alternatively, you can right-click the WiFi connection icon in the Notification area at the right end of the Task bar and select Status from the context menu to view the status of your WiFi adapter. If you are using a configuration utility that came with your WiFi adapter, choosing the Status option might open that utility, which can also be used to view the status and IP settings of your WiFi adapter.
Check WiFi Adapter Status
Gateway A device that serves as an intermediary between two different types of networks. In our case, we are looking at the deviceour WiFi routerthat connects our private workgroup network with the public Internet. The WiFi router is the gateway.