This article describes the Connection Info feature in the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client that is introduced in Windows 8 and in Windows Server 2012. This feature is available only when the client connects to a remote computer that is running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.
When you log on to a remote computer in full-screen mode, a Connection Info icon appears on the connection bar. The Connection Info icon is displayed as a signal strength bar meter. When you click the icon, a pop-up window appears and displays the following information:
The quality of the connection to the remote computer
Whether User Datagram Protocol (UDP) is enabled or not
The following table lists the relationship between the number of bars in the icon and the roundtrip time (RTT) latency:
Number of bars
RTT latency (in milliseconds)
The following table lists the relationship between the number of bars in the icon and the bandwidth of the connection:
Number of bars
Bandwidth of the connection
The Connection Info feature is also included in the Remote Desktop app that is available from Windows Store. To install the Remote Desktop app, follow these steps:
On the Start screen, click Store.
Select Productivity, select Remote Desktop, and then click Install.
To display the Connection Info icon on the bottom app bar of the Remote Desktop app, perform one of the following operations:
Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Foundation, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012 Standard