How to detect ethernet network speed in Windows

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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"
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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 1000000000
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You can also easily get the network adapter’s MAC address using:

wmic NIC where "NetEnabled='true'" get MACAddress
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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 Gbps
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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 Wi-Fi Bluetooth-netwerkverbinding PS C:\Users\jan> (Get-NetAdapter -Name "Wi-Fi").LinkSpeed 433.3 Mbps PS C:\Users\jan>
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