Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How to Measure Your Wi-Fi Signal Strength

Your wireless network connection’s (Wi-Fi) performance greatly depends on the radio signal strength. The data rate available on the path between the wireless access point and a connected device is determined by the signal strength in each direction. The signal strength of your Wi-Fi helps to determine the range that an access point has throughout any given area and the functionality of the Wi-Fi hardware.

Measuring the Wi-Fi signal strength could also help you identify the ways to improve the internet connectivity of your connected devices. Here are two methods to measure the Wi-Fi signal strength.

Using a built-in operating system utility


Usually, operating systems like Microsoft Windows contain a built-in utility to examine wireless network connections. Using a built-in operating system is the simplest and the fastest method to measure the Wi-Fi signal strength.

In the latest versions of Windows, you could click the small network icon on the taskbar to instantly see the wireless network you are connected to. The signal strength of the Wi-Fi is indicated through five bars, where five is the best connection while one is the poorest connection.

In Windows, you could also find the same using ‘Network and Internet’ option in Control Panel. On the ‘Network Connections’ page, simply right-click the wireless connection option and choose ‘Connect/Disconnect’ to determine the Wi-Fi signal strength.

To have the terminal window show the signal strength on Linux systems, use the following command:  iwconfig wlan0 | grep -i --color signal.

Using a tablet or smart phone


Any internet-enabled mobile device generally has a section in the settings that could show you the signal strength of the Wi-Fi network in range.

In the ‘Settings’ app on an iPhone, just go to Wi-Fi to see the signal strength of the network you are connected to as well as the signal strength of any network in range.

Similarly, to determine the Wi-Fi signal strength on an Android smart phone, tablet, or any other smart phone simply browse through the ‘Wi-Fi’, ‘Settings’ or ‘Network’ menu.

Alternatively, you could download a free app like Wi-Fi Analyzer for Android, which visually represents your Wi-Fi signal strength in dBm as compared to other nearby networks. Similar apps are also available for other platforms like iOS.

Tikona’s secured office Wi-Fi services


The implementation of Wi-Fi is a crucial business decision. The authorities are mainly concerned about security on wireless coverage within the office. Furthermore, the interference of multiple Wi-Fi devices with each other degrades the overall network performance. However, Tikona Digital Networks addresses these problems with its secured office Wi-Fi solution.

Tikona’s secured office Wi-Fi solution enables employees to access the network of the office securely from anywhere in the premises using mobile Internet devices like smart phones, laptops, and tablets. Moreover, it enables the addition of new users to the office network without any incremental cost.

The secured office Wi-Fi solution by Tikona Broadband is powered by 4G technologies like OFDM, MIMO and Smart Antenna technology. It is equipped with unique features and offers several benefits to its users, such as Secured Wi-Fi access through WPA2 Enterprise, double the coverage of standard Wi-Fi access points, in-built ‘Quality of Service’ for voice, video and data traffic, and Smart Antennas that prevent interference.

There are also some new broadband plans for Bangalore offered by Tikona.

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