MT4 Indices Trading Platform Connection Bars
One quick method to check the real time internet connection between your MT4 stock indexes trading platform and the server of your online indices broker is to check the MetaTrader 4 status bars on the MT4 platform interface - MetaTrader 4 Connection Bar on MetaTrader 4 Status Bar.
On the stock indexes trading example explained and illustrated below the MT4 Connection Bars on MetaTrader 4 Status Bar is Shown:
The MetaTrader 4 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 indices trader can place trades to the online stock indices market using MetaTrader 4 stock indices charts. When there is a connection MetaTrader 4 indices charts can then keep updating - if MT4 Indices Trading Charts on your indices trading platform are Not Updating - you should first check the connection using the MetaTrader 4 Connection bars on MetaTrader 4 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 indices broker's server. A common question by indices traders is - Why are MT4 Indices Trading Charts Not Updating? if your MetaTrader 4 stock indexes trading charts are not updating then you may need to first check the connection of the MetaTrader 4 stock indexes trading platform to your indices broker using this MetaTrader 4 connection bars on MetaTrader 4 status bar - MT4 Indices Trading Charts Not Updating.
To show the status bars on the MetaTrader 4 stock indexes trading platform, a indices 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 MetaTrader 4 status bar will appear at the bottom right corner of your MT4 Indices Trading Platform.
How to check if there is an online connection on the MT4 Indices Trading Software Platform
MT4 Indices Trading 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 indices broker server. Most of the time it will be your internet service provider as the indices 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.