WI-FI allows an electronic device such as Apple laptop, ipad, iPhone and other iDevices to exchange data or connect to the internet wirelessly using radio waves. You can see the current WI-FI speed using any one of the following tools in Mac OS X:
- Network Utility.
- System Information.
- Wireless Network Preferences Menu Bar Icon Shortcut.
- airport Command Line Utility.
Method #1: Checking the wireless connection speed using network utility
First, click on Spotlight and type “network utility“. OR press command + space-bar and type “network utility“.
Make sure you select network utility. Select Info tab and choose Wi-fi (en0 or en1) on the drop-down options. Please note that the Link Speed is your wireless connection speed. In this example, my connection speed is set to 450 Mbit/s (Mega bits per seconds).
Method #2: Checking the wireless connection speed using system information
Click on Spotlight and tye “system information“. OR press cmd+space-bar and then type “system information“. Finally, choose Network and select Wi-Fi. The WI-FI connection information will be displayed on the right.
Method #3: Finding wireless status using option key
- First, hold down the Option key.
- Next, Click on Wireless icon (Airport icon) and you will see information as follows:
Method #4: Command line utility
Open a terminal. Type the following command:
agrCtlRSSI: -62 agrExtRSSI: 0 agrCtlNoise: -86 agrExtNoise: 0 state: running op mode: station lastTxRate: 150 maxRate: 450 lastAssocStatus: 0 802.11 auth: open link auth: wpa2-psk BSSID: 50:46:5d:d2:36:8c SSID: very5_G MCS: 7 channel: 161,-1
I strongly recommend that you use network utility for ease of use.