Enabling and Using Wireless Tracing

by Eric Geier [Published on 25 June 2009 / Last Updated on 6 March 2009]

Generating a report to troubleshoot wireless issues, using the Netsh WLAN commands.

If you’re having connectivity problems with Wi-Fi connections in Windows Server 2008 or Vista, you can use the tracing feature of the new WLAN commands for Netsh, a powerful command line utility. Once a trace has been completed, a report is compiled at C:\windows\tracing\wireless and viewable in the Windows performance monitor.

Use this syntax from the Command Prompt:

netsh wlan set tracing mode={yes|no|persistent}

Persistent mode means tracing will remain active indefinitely and must be manually stopped using the No mode. In the Yes mode, tracing is automatically turned off after the system restarts.

Eric Geier is an author of many wireless networking and computing books including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Upgrading to Windows Vista (Que 2007).

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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