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.

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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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