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How to find if the Network is Available in WP7 using C#

How do one check if there is a open network connection in the Windows Phone 7 using c# ? .

You can achieve it through the static method GetIsNetworkAvailable() that is part of the NetworkInterface class .

You might require to include the namespace NetworkInformation incase you want to use this method.

using System.Net.NetworkInformation;

bool isAvailable = NetworkInterface.GetIsNetworkAvailable();


Note that when you use this method in the emulator , it will return always true , but in the device it should return the actual value .

The developers can also use the NetworkInterfaceType defined in the class “Microsoft.Phone.Net.NetworkInformation.NetworkInterface” property to detect the type of network connection .


The list of the Network Connection types are defined in the namespace “Microsoft.Phone.Net.NetworkInformation” and the
Microsoft.Phone.dll file .

Note that this will display Wireless80211 when i tried it in the emulator .

To know about the different connection types , you can find it on NetworkInterfaceType Enumeration

Senthil Kumar B
Senthil Kumar is a former Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). He is a Co-Author of the book "Windows 10 Development Recipes using JavaScript and CSS" for Apress Publication. He is a technical presenter, blogger, mentor and a Geek.  Senthil is a regular speaker is various local user groups. He has presented at conferences like Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS) & Microsoft DevCamps. You can reach out to him via his Twitter handle @isenthil.