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How to check WIFI signal strength

Symptom

The article introduces the methods of checking WIFI signal strength in Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Intel PROSet and Broadcom Wireless Utility.

Affected Configurations

The above symptom is associated with, but not limited to, the following systems:

  • Lenovo
Affected Systems
  • IdeaPad 100, MIIX series   
Applies to
  • Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Solution

Windows 8.1

1. Click wireless network icon in the notification area in lower right corner of your screen, the wireless network will automatically search for available wireless signals which will be listed out according to signal strength. The signal bar number represents the signal strength meter, the more bars that are illuminated, the stronger the signal strength will be. The signal strength scale respectively is: Excellent, Very good, Good, Low and very low.

Networks in Windows 8.1

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2. If the system already connected to a wifi network, click "Network connections" and then click Wireless Network name to check the wireless network signal strength.

Check WIFI strength from Network Connections in Windows 8.1

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WIFI status in Windows 8.1

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Windows XP

1. Click "Start" button --> "Control Panel" --> "Network and Internet Connections" --> "Network Connection". Right-click "Wireless Network Connection" and select "Properties" to open "Wireless Network Connection Properties" window.

2. Click "Wireless Network" tab, check the box of "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings" and then click "View Wireless Networks".

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2. Wireless network would automatically search for the current wireless signals. If wireless signals exist, they would be listed and arranged according to signal quality. The signal bar number represents the signal quality meter, the more bars that are illuminated, the stronger the signal strength. The signal quality scale is respectively: Excellent, Very good, Good, Low and very low.

Fig.5

3. If the wireless network is already connected to, you could double-click "Wireless Network Connection" icon to get the WIFI signal strength.

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Windows Vista

1. Click network icon in the notification area in lower right corner of your screen, and click "Connect to network". The wireless network would automatically search for available wireless signals. If wireless signals exist, they would be listed and arranged according to signal quality. The signal bar number represents the signal quality meter, the more bars that are illuminated, the stronger the signal strength. The signal quality scale is respectively: Excellent, Very good, Good, Low and very low.

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If the wireless network is already connected to, you could wireless network icon, click "Network and Sharing Center" and then click "View status" to check the wireless network signal strength.

System tray network

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Windows 7

1. Click wireless network icon in the notification area in lower right corner of your screen, the wireless network would automatically search for available wireless signals. If wireless signals exist, they would be listed and arranged according to signal quality. The signal bar number represents the signal quality meter, the more bars that are illuminated, the stronger the signal strength. The signal quality scale is respectively: Excellent, Very good, Good, Low and very low.

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2. If the wireless network is already connected to, you could wireless network icon, click "Network and Sharing Center" and then click "Wireless Network Connection" to check the wireless network signal strength.

Wifi strength in windows 7

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How to determine WIFI signal strength in Intel PROSet

1. When using Intel PROSet (a wireless network card management software) to configure wireless network, you could click "Intel PROSet" icon in the notification area in lower right corner of your screen and then wireless network connection would automatically search for available wireless signals.

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2. If wireless signals exist, they would be listed and arranged. The signal bar number represents the signal quality meter, the more bars that are illuminated, the stronger the signal strength.

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3. Click a wireless network, you will see it detailed wireless strength.

 

How to determine WIFI signal strength through Broadcom Wireless Utility

1. When using Intel Broadcom Wireless Utility to configure wireless network, you could double-click Broadcom wireless icon in the notification area in lower right corner of your screen and then wireless network connection would automatically search for available wireless signals.

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2. If wireless signals exist, they would be showed and arranged. The colored signal bar length represents the signal quality meter, the longer the signal bar, the stronger the signal strength.

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3. Click a wireless network, you could see its detailed wireless signal.

 

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  • Document ID: HT071746
  • Last Updated :21 May 2015
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