In What Cases Do You Need to Measure WiFi Signal Strength?
The good news is that there are now tools for both Mac and Windows computers that can help you do something about it. This article is aimed at Mac users, and it explains why you should spend time measuring the strength of your wireless network using a WiFi strength meter. It also lists some of the most important influencers of WiFi strength and introduces NetSpot
, along with a couple of alternatives, as the best WiFi signal strength app for Mac users.
There are three main reasons to measure WiFi signal strength:
- You want to optimize the performance of your WiFi network.
- You want to purchase a new WiFi router and want to confirm that it’s really time to replace your current router.
- You’ve recently purchased a new WiFi router and want to check WiFi signal strength to see whether it was a good purchase.
In all three cases, you want to not only know how fast your maximum download and upload speed
is but also see where the WiFi signal is the strongest and where it is the weakest. Instead of spending a lot of money on a high-end wireless router, you may find out that you just need to move your existing router elsewhere to fix all your connectivity issues. You may also find out that the expensive router you’ve purchased, expecting it to perform far better than your previous router, is actually not much better.