The Wi-Fi status bar in your Mac’s Menubar can help, but not as much as you might want to troubleshoot a Wi-Fi router, find weak spots where the signal drops, or competing Wi-Fi routers that crowd your signal. Here’s an app that can help.
The Menubar Wi-Fi status icon on the Mac has more than meets the eye. Click it and you get a list of Wi-Fi networks nearby, HotSpot networks nearby (usually iPhone or Android smartphones with HotSpot turned on), and the name of the current network.
OK, hold down the Option key when you click the Menubar Wi-Fi icon and you get more details about the currently used network. That’s handy. That doesn’t help you track down Wi-Fi signal issues around the home or office.
WiFi Signal Strength Status for Mac does help, more so if you have a Mac notebook. Lugging an iMac around to test network strength isn’t a good idea. Alright, one more thing. Because life is short, because eyeballs wear out, and time is money, I’m going to shorten the app’s name– WiFi Signal Strength Stats to a simple SSS.
Here’s what you get.
Simply put, as you wander around the house looking for signal strength drops and hot spots, SSS displays the details on the Menubar dropdown box. You’ll be able to see signal strength, noise, RSSI, and the transmit rate.
Other information identifies the router’s security protocol, IP addresses, Wi-Fi channel, and other pieces of information, including the network name. The Channel indicator is an important one because routers sometimes clash, and that inhibits performance for devices using the same channel.
Think of the typical street traffic light. Green is go. Yellow is caution. Red is stop. With SSS, green is faster, yellow is not as faster, and red is dead dog slow.
Easy peasy, right?
You may prefer all the details in NetSpot Pro, but there is a difference in price, too.