Measure your WiFi Signal Strength Using these Troubleshooting Tips

The ability and performance of a WiFi network depends upon radio signal strength completely. Well, on the path between a connected device and wireless access point, the signal strength in each direction determines the data rate available on that link safely and securely. On the other hand, if you are a Netgear user and tend go with router login and setup process then you should have the good signal strength.

And for this:

  • You have to plug in your Netgear router nearby the existing modem and after that you have to connect them both physically and properly with each other via Ethernet cable.
  • The existing modem of yours must contain latest and updated version of firmware.
  • Both the smart WiFi devices shouldn’t be overheated and overloaded.
  • Place them in an open and higher neat, clean, and dry shelf instead of hiding them under cabinet.

If you face any issue during Netgear router setup, then don’t delay in to get in touch with our technical department.

On the other hand, you can also use one or more of the following methods to determine the signal strength of your existing WiFi network. If you perform them, then defiantly you’ll get ideas on how you can improve the internet or the WiFi range of your connected smart devices. But, you have to remember that different tools often show incompatible or conflicting results.

Let us explain:

One utility might shows a signal strength of 82% and another 75% for the same active and available connection. On the other hand, one WiFi locator might show three bars out of five whereas other shows four out of five. Generally, these variations are caused by small differences.

Important Note: There suppose to be numerous ways to measure the bandwidth of your network. But remember, this type of measure isn’t meant for finding the signal strength.

Now, let us take a glance to determine the signal strength of your WiFi network. Just follow some light and smooth methods given below.

Make use of a Built-in Operating System Utility

Microsoft Windows as well as other operating system consists of a built-in utility in order to monitor wireless network connections usually. This supposes to be the easiest and quickest way for measuring WiFi signal strength.

Example: In new and updated version of Windows, you can hit on the small network icon that is situated near to clock on the taskbar. There would be five (5) bars that indicates signal strength of the network connection, where five is the best and remaining one is the poorest connection ever.

In Windows PC, hit the start icon, go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections page. Right-click on the wireless connection icon - select Connect/ Disconnect to see the signal strength of your WiFi network.

On Macintosh – You can clearly see the WiFi indicator in the upper right corner of your home/ desktop screen onto the menu bar.

On Linux System – Use this command iwconfig w1an0 | grep –I –color signal.

For installation and configuration of Netgear smart WiFi router – open a web browser and in the URL bar either type or Once done, hit Enter.

Use a Tablet or a Smartphone

Any smart (mobile) device that is internet/ WiFi-capable likely has a section in the  that can show you the strength of your WiFi network.

Example - On an iPhone, go to Settings app and after that visit WiFi to the list of active and available network in range of your WiFi or the internet.

On an Android phone/tablet or any other smartphone – look under SettingsWiFi or Network menu.

Open Your Wireless Adapter's Utility Program

Nowadays, some manufacturers of wireless or WiFi network  or notebook computers (PCs) provide their own software applications that also monitor signal strength of your networking system easily. Such applications report signal strength and quality based on a percentage from zero to 100. On the other hand, the operating system utility and the vendor hardware utility may display the same information but in different formats.

Example - A connection with a five (5) bar rating in Windows may show in the vendor software along with a percentage rating between 80 and 100 (anywhere).

WiFi Locators are a different Option

An up-to-date WiFi locator device is designed perfectly to scan radio frequencies in local area and detect signal strength of nearby active and available wireless access points. On the other hand, WiFi locators exist in the form of small hardware gadgets designed perfectly to fit on a keychain.

Also, remember that most WiFi locators in today’s modern world use a set of between four and six LEDs to indicate signal strength in units of bars (similar to the Windows utility). Conversely, dissimilar the above methods, WiFi locator devices do not measure the strength of your actual connection but predict the strength of a WiFi connection instead.

We could easily facilitate your efforts. You just have to ask us our team via comment box below for Netgear Support. On the other hand, for the setup of your device, Netgear firmware should be up-to-date.

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