Determine neighbor wifi channels

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Schtibbie, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. Schtibbie macrumors 6502

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    Is there any way within OS X (some hidden menu or something?) for me to see which wifi channel any detectable network is on? I ask because I set my home router on channel 11 back when i had a pc with XP and i chose that channel because at the time I had no neighbors on that channel. However, I'm now detecting 3 neighbors' routers and I'd really love to know if any/all of them are channel 11 so I can get OFF that channel and be using a clear channel.

    But I can see no obvious way to see this in the network preferences or the little wifi icon up on the menu bar.
     
  2. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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  3. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    Just curious, what do you think you will gain from this "clear" channel?
     
  4. Schtibbie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It isn't good to have two routers (yours and someone else's) on the same channel. They interfere. So, if your neighbor is on channel 6 (the most commonly as-shipped router channel), you are generally advised to switch your own router to channel 1 or 11 (1 and 11 being the only two channels that have no overlap with channel 6.

    So, if there's no way OS X is going to tell me, I might try a free utility mentioned by the other poster, although I'm very leery of jacking up my new computer with tweaks and stuff..
     
  5. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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  6. oceanmonster macrumors regular

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    the mac wireless dashboard widget displays the info for channel in the widget. If you look on apple's widget site you should see it.
     
  7. oceanmonster macrumors regular

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    the mac wireless dashboard widget displays the info for channel in the widget. If you look on apple's widget site you should see it.
     
  8. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    Good point, I forgot about that one
     
  9. ijoyner macrumors newbie

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    Easy way to see WIFI details

    Easy. Hold the option key while clicking on the wifi symbol on the right of the menu bar. This will show detailed information about the network you are on. For others, just hover over the network name and a heads up will appear with channel and other information.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The thread is almost 5 years old and the method you describe didn't show channel information back then.
     
  11. adbe macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps not, but I was unaware of that feature and just stumbled across this thread by googling[1], so if ljoyner is passing by, thank you.


    [1] Binging actually, but that doesn't have the same ring to it.
     
  12. Futuresgreen macrumors newbie

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    A great free trick by iJoyner

    Thanks to iJoyner - the pressing down of alt and clicking on the wifi button in top right hand corner does show you loads of info and as they said, just hover over any other to get info.
    It was much more accurate then using the wifi card in the system information pane.

    Now im hoping to try and find a better signal !
     

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