MetaTrader 4 Platform Connection Bars - MT4 Status Bar
One quick method to check the real time internet connection between your MetaTrader 4 forex platform and the server of your online Forex broker is to check the MT4 status bars on the MetaTrader 4 platform interface - MT4 Connection Bar on MetaTrader 4 Status Bar.
On the example below the MetaTrader 4 Connection Bars on MT4 Status Bar is Shown:
The MT4 status bar is used to show if there is a connection to the trading servers or not, if there is a connection to the trading server, then a forex trader can place trades to the online forex trading market using MT4 forex charts. When there is a connection MT4 charts can then keep updating - if MetaTrader 4 Charts on your forex platform are Not Updating - you should first check the connection using the MT4 Connection bars on MT4 Status Bar.
Green Bars - on the Connection bars on MetaTrader 4 Status Bar shows there is a connection, next to the green bars there will also be the kilobytes downloaded and uploaded indicated as a figure.
Red Bars - Connection bars on MetaTrader 4 Status Bar show that there is no connection and trades to the brokers' server cannot be opened.
Red bars may also mean that your internet connection is down, therefore if you are using a connection like dial up and red bars come up, then maybe it is your internet connection, and not necessarily the Forex broker's server. A common question by forex traders is - Why are MetaTrader 4 Charts Not Updating? if your MT4 charts are not updating then you may need to first check the connection of the MT4 forex trading platform to your forex broker using this MT4 connection bars on MT4 status bar - MetaTrader 4 Charts Not Updating.
To show the status bars on the MT4 forex trading platform, a forex trader needs to use the "Status Bar" button on the "View" menu options as shown below, Click to check, once the option is checked the MT4 status bar will appear at the bottom right corner of your MetaTrader 4 Forex Trading Platform.
How to check if there is a connection on the MetaTrader 4 Platform
MetaTrader 4 Platform Connection Bars on Status Bar - Green Bars indicate that the connection is online and Red Bars show that the connection is offline. The connection may be either your internet service provider or Forex broker server. Most of the time it will be your internet service provider as the Forex brokers have 2 to 3 simultaneous servers and there is no way all of them can be offline even if it is for 1 second.