Determining Internet Connection

Hi All,

How do I determine whether an application has access to the internet, or that a dial up connection has been established?

Running on a server, the app needs to send out emails, but at the moment, the server only has a temporary dial up connection. I need to determine that the connection is active before trying to send emails.

Any ideas???
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Éric MoreauConnect With a Mentor Senior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Try this:

    Public Shared Function IsWebAccessible() As Boolean
        Dim hwrRequest As System.Net.HttpWebRequest
        Dim hwrResponse As System.Net.HttpWebResponse

        Dim strUrl As String = "http://www.microsoft.com/"
        Dim bConnected As Boolean = False

        Try
            hwrRequest = CType(System.Net.WebRequest.Create(strUrl), System.Net.HttpWebRequest)
            hwrResponse = CType(hwrRequest.GetResponse(), System.Net.HttpWebResponse)

            If hwrResponse.StatusCode = System.Net.HttpStatusCode.OK Then
                bConnected = True
            End If

        Catch we As System.Net.WebException
            bConnected = False
        Catch ex As Exception
            bConnected = False
        Finally
            hwrRequest = Nothing
            hwrResponse = Nothing
        End Try

        Return bConnected
    End Function
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grayeCommented:
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grayeCommented:
Just curious.... won't that test actually dial the internet if you have "dial on demand" settings for your modem?   Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of testing if you were already connected?
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