| IPCONFIG /ALL will tell you if Windows **thinks** there's an internet
| connection. %_IP is probably just as good for that. But you won't
| know if it's usable until you try it ... @PING, perhaps.
Whether or not my cable modem is connected to my router the reports of
both IPCONFIG /ALL and ECHO %_IP are the same. @PING works, but is dependent
on the accessibility of the specified URL. One could try many, and if any
one works, assume the connection exists, but it is timeconsuming even for
Interestingly, the WinXP Control Panel applet "Network Connections"
detects a newly made connection, but does not detect disconnection. I'll try
to see if one of the NET.EXE subcommands can be used for this purpose.