Windows 10 Basics: 5 Ways to Check WiFi Signal Strength
The strength of your WiFi connection is dependent on a lot of variables that include but are not limited to router orientation, coverage area, and even the structure of your home or workplace. Unlike cellular connections, even solid objects such as walls and shelves can sometimes tamper with your WiFi signal strength due to its limited reach and hardware constraints.
On a Windows 10 system, in case of a weak or unstable WiFi connection, you can diagnose whether it's from the source i.e. your ISP or your router. The signal strength is how you can measure the performance of your internet. This means the higher the bars, the more reliable your connection is for network-intensive tasks such as gaming. Here are five ways that can help you check the signal strength of your WiFi connection on Windows 10.
Using the Taskbar
- This is the most convenient way to check the signal strength of your WiFi as you simply need to click on the WiFi icon on your taskbar and it will open up the connection’s drawer. The currently connected network would display bars just along with the name. Each bar represents roughly 25% of the signal strength so full bars mean 100% whereas three bars mean 75% and so on. In this case, the bars are full that means the signal is reliable and can be used for heavy online tasks such as gaming.
Using the Settings
- Open the Start menu and type network status in the search bar. Click on the Network status option to proceed.
- Now you will be welcomed by the Network and Internet panel in the Settings app. You can view that you’re connected to the Internet, which means that your connection is active and functioning properly. Click on the Wi-Fi tab to continue.
- You can now view your current network listed down in the Wi-Fi menu as the bars alongside the network name again represent the strength as mentioned before.
Using the Control Panel
- Open the Start menu and type control panel in the search bar. Click on the Control Panel app to continue.
- Select View network status and tasks sub-menu to continue.
- Click on your network’s name from the Connections listing as this will open the Wi-Fi Status menu.
- You can now view the network strength from the Signal Quality tab as each bar represents 20% signal strength and full bars mean a 100% signal strength. If there are only two or three bars then your connection is not suitable for heavy workloads but it can still work for web browsing and other light tasks.
The above mentioned methods are ideal for users who just wish to learn more about the signal strength of their Wi-Fi to determine if they need to relocate to receive better WiFi signals. But if you need an actual rounded figure as to how much the signal strength of your WiFi strength is then you need to use Command Prompt and Windows PowerShell as shown below.
Check WiFi strength on Windows 10 using Command Prompt
- Open the Start menu and type cmd in the search bar. Click on the Command Prompt app to continue.
- Type the command netsh wlan show interfaces and press Enter.
- You can now view the Signal strength in percentage as highlighted below.
Checking WiFi strength on Windows 10 using PowerShell
- Open the Start menu and type powershell in the search bar. Click on the Windows PowerShell app to continue.
- Type the command below and press Enter to continue.
(netsh wlan show interfaces) -Match '^\s+Signal' -Replace '^\s+Signal\s+:\s+',''
- You can now view the current signal strength of your Wi-Fi network that is narrowed down to the exact percentage instead of the conventional bars.