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Windows 10, MacOS: how to quickly know the speed of the WiFi connection

Discussion in 'Mac & OS X' started by Alex Dmitri, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. Alex Dmitri

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    Feb 6, 2017
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    Windows 10 and MacOS can quickly find out the speed of the WiFi connection to find out if everything is working properly, if you are close enough to the router, and other details, such as the channel used, for example. This gives much more useful information than the number of bars generally indicated, but gives only an approximation of the quality of the connection.


    We will see how to quickly see the speed of your WiFi connection in Windows 10 and MacOS . You can often need to get some information related to the networks without launching the terminal, the command prompt, or going to rummage through the control panel and other system preferences. As you will see, macOS has a clear advantage in this matter!

    MacOS: how to quickly know the WiFi connection speed

    Under MacOS, knowing the speed of your WiFi connection is a breeze: just click the WiFi icon in the top bar while holding down the Option (Alt) key. You are advised to try to click in other places and menus with this Option key pressed, which allows hyper-fast access to advanced information without having to rummage through your system.

    So we summarize:

    • Hold down the Alt key
    • Click on the range in the menu bar
    • The interesting information is gray (and there are not many!)

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    Windows 10: how to quickly get the same information about the wifi connection

    In Windows 10, it is also possible to access this information, but it is not possible to do it directly from the wifi menu of the system. We will therefore have to access the network and sharing center, and the properties of the interface.

    • Right-click this icon and click Network and Sharing Center
    • You then have to click on the network adapter corresponding to your WiFi connection to access several information, including the speed of your WiFi connection

    An also the value for the physical address in the Network Connection Details window is your MAC address.