I'd like to see what channel (e.g. 1-10, I believe) each SSID in the list is. How can I find that information?

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    cmd /k netsh wlan show all
    – hyperslug
    Mar 2, 2011 at 19:57

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Install inSSIDer from MetaGeek. It is simple to use and gives you information on your and other SSIDs in your area.

inSSIDer screenshot

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    inSSIDer is awesome, but I think for more users, something built into the operating system would be better. Mar 2, 2011 at 18:16
  • @Moab, @Joel Coehoorn What is considered good RSSI? There are a ton of SSIDs in the building I am in and I am trying to a find a spare channel. I currently get RSSI of -18 to -20. Is this good? Mar 2, 2011 at 19:05
  • @AngyHacker I'm getting 4 out of 5 bars on the Win7 indicator for -60. If you look at the "time graph" window it is colour coded. -20 is well into the green! RSSI is in negative dB's so the lower the number the better the signal.
    – BrianA
    Mar 3, 2011 at 13:52
  • Sadly this program is not free.
    – Elmue
    Dec 29, 2017 at 20:59
  • It used to be free. However, it is indeed no longer available for free directly from MetaGeek. Freeware archives may still have it, though. Like CHIP, a German computer magazine: chip.de/downloads/…
    – Daniel B
    Jan 23, 2018 at 13:45

On a Command Prompt, type:

netsh wlan show all
  • The more pipe will be useful: netsh wlan show all | more
    – Morgoth
    Mar 3, 2017 at 10:50

Menu start run cmd.exe and type:

netsh wlan show networks mode=bssid
  • The output of this command is much simpler than others.
    – Jim
    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:37

From a cmd (command) prompt, type:

netsh wlan show interfaces
  • This is the reply that best answered my question: how to know the channel of the Wi-Fi network I'm already connected to. Nov 14, 2016 at 12:25

I'd recommend Free NetSpot for these purposes. All the necessary information is in the Discover mode window. Here are some screenshots:

Discover mode - NetSpot

Channel interference - NetSpot


Use either of these

netsh wlan show interface name="Wi-Fi" | findstr "Channel"
netsh wlan show networks interface="Wi-Fi" mode=bssid | findstr "Channel"

I use Acrylic Wifi. The Home version is for free. It runs on Windows 7,8,10 but requires .NET Framework 4.5

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