Network and Internet Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength in Windows 11


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Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your Windows device.

The speed, performance, and reliability of a Wi-Fi network connection depends greatly on its signal strength quality.

A weak Wi-Fi signal can lead to slower speeds, dropouts, and disconnection. The further away the device is from the router, the weaker the signal can get. If your walls are made of dense materials (ex: concrete or brick) it will weaken or block a Wi-Fi signal.

This tutorial will show you how to check the signal strength of your Wi-Fi network connection in Windows 11.


You must be connected to a Wi-Fi network to check its signal strength.



Contents

  • Option One: Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength on Taskbar Corner
  • Option Two: Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength in Quick Settings
  • Option Three: Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength in Settings
  • Option Four: Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength in Task Manager
  • Option Five:Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength in Network and Sharing Center
  • Option Five: Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength Percentage using Command




Option One

Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength on Taskbar Corner


1 Look at the Wi-Fi network icon on the taskbar corner to see the signal strength of your current Wi-Fi network connection. (see screenshot below)

The more bars available, the stronger the signal strength.


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Option Two

Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength in Quick Settings


1 Open Quick Settings (Win+A).

2 Click/tap on the Manage Wi-Fi connections arrow on the Wi-Fi (Available) quick setting button. (see screenshot below)

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3 You can now see the signal strength of each available Wi-Fi network.

The more bars available, the stronger the signal strength.


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Option Three

Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side, and click/tap on Wi-Fi on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Wi-Fi Settings

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3 You can now see the signal strength of your current Wi-Fi network (ex: "Brink-Router2") connection. (see screenshot below)

The more bars available, the stronger the signal strength.


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4 You can also click/tap on Show available networks to expand it open and see the signal strength of each available Wi-Fi network. (see screenshot below)

The more bars available, the stronger the signal strength.


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Option Four

Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength in Task Manager


1 Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc).

2 Click/tap on Performance tab. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on the Wi-Fi network you want to check in the left pane.

4 You will now see its Signal strength at the bottom.

The more bars available, the stronger the signal strength.


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Option Five

Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength in Network and Sharing Center


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon.

2 You can now see the signal strength of your current Wi-Fi network (ex: "Brink-Router2") connection next to Connections in Network and Sharing Center. (see screenshot below)

The more bars available, the stronger the signal strength.


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3 You can also click on the Wi-Fi network name (ex: "Brink-Router2") link next to Connections above to see the Signal Quality in Wi-Fi Status below.

The more bars available, the stronger the signal strength.


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Option Six

Check Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength Percentage using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below you want to use into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(Signal strength percentage with details)
netsh wlan show interfaces

OR​

(Signal strength percentage without details)
powershell (netsh wlan show interfaces) -Match '^\s+Signal' -Replace '^\s+Signal\s+:\s+',''

3 You will now see the Signal strength percentage of your current wireless network connection.

The higher the percentage, the stronger the signal strength.


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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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