If you are having trouble with your Wi-Fi connection, your Wi-Fi signal strength may be too weak.
There are several ways to check your Wi-Fi signal strength in Windows 10 to see if the signal quality is good or bad.
Using the taskbar
Your PC’s taskbar (the bar at the bottom of the screen) has several icons. One of them concerns your wireless networks and you can use this icon to know the strength of your Wi-Fi signal.
- To do this, click on the wireless icon in your taskbar. It appears in the notification area, to the left of the clock.
Note : If you don’t see the wireless icon, the taskbar may have hidden it. Click the up arrow icon in the taskbar to reveal all hidden icons.
- Find your Wi-Fi network in the list. This is the network that Windows indicates you are connected to. You will see a small signal icon next to your Wi-Fi network. This icon represents the signal strength of your network. The more bars this icon has, the stronger your Wi-Fi signal.
advice : If you are wondering how your Wi-Fi signal strength changes in different locations in your home or other building, you can walk around with a laptop and see how the signal changes in different areas. The strength of your signal depends on many factors, including the location of your router and where you are in relation to it.
You can also check the signal quality of other Wi-Fi networks using this menu. Just look at the signal icon of any network.
The Windows 10 Settings app displays the same bars as the taskbar to view the strength of the Wi-Fi signal.
To use this method, open the start menu, search Settings, then click the app in the results. You can also press Windows + I to quickly launch the application Settings.
- In Settings, click on Network and Internet, to view information about your wireless network.
- Under section Network status, you will see a signal icon. This icon indicates the signal strength of your current Wi-Fi network. Again, the more bars this icon has, the stronger the signal.
Using the Control Panel
Unlike the Settings app and Windows taskbar, Control Panel displays a five-bar icon for your Wi-Fi signal quality, so you can get a more accurate response.
- To access this signal icon, from the menu Start, search Control panel and click on the result.
- Click on Network and Internet.
- Click on Network and Sharing Center.
- You will see a signal icon next to Connections which indicates the quality of your current Wi-Fi signal. The more bars highlighted in this icon, the better your signal.
Using Windows PowerShell
The above methods only give you a rough idea of the signal strength of your Wi-Fi network. If you need a more specific answer, you will need to use Windows PowerShell.
The netsh command built into Windows 10 displays your network signal strength as a percentage, which is much more accurate than any of the other methods listed earlier in this article.
- To get this specific answer for your network, go to start menu, search Windows PowerShell, then click on the application shortcut PowerShell in the results.
- Copy the command below and paste it into your PowerShell window. Press on Entrance to execute the command.
(netsh wlan show interfaces) -Match '^s+Signal' -Replace '^s+Signals+:s+',''
PowerShell only displays a single line of output, which shows your current Wi-Fi signal strength as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the better your signal.
- To view more information about your network (such as network channel and connection mode), run the following command:
netsh wlan show interfaces
Using the Command Prompt
You can also run the netsh command in a Command Prompt window if you prefer that interface. In its full form, the command also displays more details about your network, such as SSID (network) name and authentication type.
- To get started, open Command Prompt from the start menu, by searching Command Prompt and clicking on the utility in the results.
- In the Command Prompt window, type the command below and press Entrance.
netsh wlan show interfaces
- The output shows a lot of information. On the line Signal, the percentage next to it corresponds to the strength of your Wi-Fi signal.
If these methods indicate that your Wi-Fi signal strength is weak, one of the ways to improve signal quality is to move your devices and routers closer to each other. Also make sure that there are no hard objects (like a wall, for example) between your router and your devices. These objects often affect the quality of your Wi-Fi signal.