While WiFi networks have become much more powerful and complex lately, they still have physical limitations. One of the most commonly faced issue with WiFi network is determining their signal strength.
On Windows, you can glance at the task tray to find the network icon to determine your signal strength but more often than not it’s inaccurate and unreliable.
Here we’ll show you an alternative method to determine your WiFi signal strength using the command prompt. Why? It is more accurate and detailed.
How to check the strength of WiFi?
Step 1: Turn on your system. Place your laptop in the desired spot and make sure you’re connected to the WiFi network you want to test.
Step 2: Open your command prompt by going on to Start > Run > And type “command prompt” > OK Or if you’re on windows 10 type ‘cmd’ or ‘command prompt’ on the start search.
Step 3: Once open, just paste the following command.
“netsh wlan show interface” without the quotes. If executed properly the command prompt would display something like this.
Every time you reposition you can refresh the signal strength result by re-running the command you can quickly do this by hitting the up arrow to recall the last command.
This provides detailed information on your current network you’ll see its SSID, Channel, Authentication and connection mode.
You will also see the ‘Signal Field’ above ‘Profile’, which will show you a percentage between 1 and 100 that represents your signal strength.
That’s all it takes to check your WiFi signal strength. You can use this data to take steps to accurately monitor and improve your WiFi signal strength.
You can move around and reposition your computer to improve signal strength. Keep in mind that thick walls and other physical surfaces obstruct WiFi signals significantly and the closer you are to the router the better.
If you’re stuck and unable to improve your signal strength It may be time to invest in a WiFi range extender or upgrade to a new router.