How to detect ethernet network speed in Windows

Detect the ethernet network speed using PowerShell or WMI is perfect for Windows Server Core. If you ever need to lookup the speed of your ethernet network card in Windows, on the command-line, use one of the following WMIC commands on your PowerShell prompt:

Detect ethernet network speed in Windows using PowerShell

An easy to use PowerShell snippet to detect ethernet network speed in Windows Server (Core & Nano including) is:

wmic NIC where "NetEnabled='true'" get "Name,Speed"Code language: PowerShell (powershell)

This prints out the name of the interface and configured speed, like:

PS C:\Users\janr> wmic NIC where "NetEnabled='true'" get "Name,Speed"
Name                                    Speed
Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet #2  1000000000Code language: Parser3 (parser3)

You can also easily get the network adapter’s MAC address using:

wmic NIC where "NetEnabled='true'" get MACAddressCode language: PowerShell (powershell)

That was easy, now wasn’t it?! :-) Of course you can also use PowerShell’s Get-NetAdapter cmdlet. The Get-NetAdapter cmdlet gets the basic network adapter properties, like:

PS C:\> (Get-NetAdapter -Name Ethernet).LinkSpeed
1 GbpsCode language: PowerShell (powershell)

You can lookup the available interfaces and its names with (Get-NetAdapter).Name

Get Wi-Fi speed in Windows 11/10

If you’d like to know your current Wi-Fi speed in Windows 11 or Windows 10, then:

  • Look up the interface name
  • Get LinkSpeed value in PowerShell
PS C:\Users\jan> (Get-NetAdapter).Name
PS C:\Users\jan> (Get-NetAdapter -Name "Wi-Fi").LinkSpeed
433.3 Mbps
PS C:\Users\jan>Code language: PowerShell (powershell)

Jan Reilink

Hi, my name is Jan. I am not a hacker, coder, developer or guru. I am merely an application manager / systems administrator, doing my daily thing at Embrace - The Human Cloud. In the past I worked for clidn and Vevida. With over 20 years of experience, my specialties include Windows Server, IIS, Linux (CentOS, Debian), security, PHP, websites & optimization. I blog at

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19/04/2020 22:00

good one . Get-NetAdapter using this command first time. really awesome