That means I’m always on the lookout for handy utilities which let me monitor and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks. Here’s one that’s almost dirt cheap, crazy easy to use, and if you prefer ease of use to confusing details, it’s not bad for the price.
This one is cleverly titled WiFi Signal. It’s a Menubar app which lets you view the details of your Wi-Fi connection; at least, the important things such as name, channel, signal strength, noise, transmit, and so on.
The Menubar displays some information, but a single click gives you additional details in a pop down window.
Menubar icons can be configured to suit your tastes and screen width. The real-time graphs display signal strength, noise level, SNR, and transmit rate. WiFi Signal can recommend a different channel for your Wi-Fi network, too, though that depends on nearby networks.
WiFi Signal is simple, sweet, and works well with a click. You can get similar information for less than the 99-cent price tag by using the Mac’s built-in Activity Monitor, or by holding down the Option key while click the Wi-Fi signal icon in the Menubar.
It’s not as easy or as pretty, and the details may be more confusing, but it’s less expensive. That said, WiFi Signal is much, much easier to use.