Use PowerShell to quickly find network statistics

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 26 Feb. 2014 / Last Updated on 26 Feb. 2014]

A tip on how to use PowerShell to quickly find network statistics

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to use PowerShell to quickly find network statistics.

Question: You want a snapshot of the number of received and sent bytes from your network adapter. How can you use Windows PowerShell to get this information?

Answer: Use the Get-NetAdapterStatistics function on your Windows 8.1 computer with Windows PowerShell 4.0. An example of the command appears here:

Get-NetAdapterStatistics -Name *external*

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see

Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.

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