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How to detect and connect to the best possible Wi-Fi network without any tools or software other than the Mac

If you’re at home you probably have no problem connecting to the Wi-Fi network. That is, you connect to your Wi-Fi network and you will know that it is the best of all because it is the one closest to you and the only one you can access. But if you’re in an unfamiliar place, how do you know which is the best Wi-Fi network to connect to?

If you are connected to a Wi-Fi network that is not powerful enough you will experience continuous cuts and very low transfer speeds. You may be connected to the best connection of all, but it is never wrong to check it and be sure of it. This is possible thanks to the MacOS Network Diagnostics.

How to use Network Diagnostics in MacOS


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  1. On the menu bar, press Alt and click on the Wi-Fi icon
  2. Tap Open Wireless Diagnostics …
  3. Click Continue
  4. You will be presented with a list of all available Wi-Fi networks
  5. On the right side choose Better 2.4 GHz or Better 5 GHz if you have any

MacOS automatically chooses the best signal network and the best speed it can offer. There are more advanced tools to see this data in detail, but with the default tool, MacOS is more than enough.

Above and beyond, the difference between a 2.4 GHz and a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network is that the 2.4 GHz ones penetrate better between walls and obstacles, however, 5 GHz are more stable when connecting many Devices. Currently, the operators usually offer with their routers the two options so that the user chooses the one that suits him.



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