Why I Love Wi-Fi Signal And Use It All The Time

Today we’re going to talk about Wi-Fi signal.

Wi-fi signal is one of the tools that I use, at least daily, a couple of times a day for years now.

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Hello, my name is Keith Parsons

and today we’re going to talk about Wi-Fi signal

Wi-fi signal is one of the tools that I use, at least daily

a couple of times a day for years now

Well what triggered this video was a Twitter post

a little while ago where someone said

what’s the the first thing you would load

on every computer you ever do for me

That’s Adrian Granados tool called Wi-Fi Signal

Now Adrian has moved his website from adriangranados.com

over to intuitibits.com, I’ll put the links in the show notes

But today we’re going to talk about why I like Wi-Fi signal

and it’s on all my machines

First, to to use Wi-Fi signal, I don’t necessarily have to have it,

I could just use regular macOS and I’m going to go in

and had the option key and then come over here

and hit the little Wi-Fi boing, boing, boing

And we can see down here there’s IP address router

What’s the security that I’m using, RSSI, MCS

All the information is being held here

So the Mac OS is carrying all of this information

and what Adrian did was right up front end

that goes and gets this information

and then does stuff with it and makes life a lot easier

than having to hit this

So if you don’t have the software and you want to get

the information, like, what’s my current MCS

You can just hit the option and pull this down

But what I do like about his tool

and it’s right here at the top

and I have mine customized

we’re going to go through what that customization looks like

It’s showing in the top bar

all the information about my current connection

It has the channel

These two have the way I have mine set up

is what’s being offered by the AP and what is my

client actually getting at the same time

So the ratio between these two tells me about the health of my RF

With just a quick little look

I look at the ratio and see right now I’m 1170 compared to 1300

So it could be slightly better, but it’s actually really good

But I can also look and see them running MCS 9 right now

And if you notice, even while I’m talking, this has changed

And then the SSIDs I’m currently on WLANPros

Let’s let’s go through and look in detail what this does

So first up, I’m just going to click on it

And when I do, I get a little pop out that has information

Now, I’ve configured my pop out to look this way,

maybe on yours when you first turn it on,

it doesn’t look exactly like this,

but you can make yours look exactly like mine or

customize it to do whatever you’d like to do on yours

So right now it’s saying I’ve got good single quality

This is Adrian’s

He’s got some categories there

I truly I never look there because his categories and mine

are different, depending on how I’d want to look

Right now, I’m getting a 53 as 51 and it changes its live action

You can see my signal noise, actually pretty high noise level

I’ve got thirty dB SNR

My EMCs is 9

The AP offering up here, 1300

I’m receiving 1300, 1.3 gig

That’s pretty decent

It’s in 5 gig, 802.11 AC is what’s being offered by this mist AP

with SSID of WLAN_Pros

So all this information is coming to me right now

Again it’s just getting it directly from macOS

but then putting it in a new format

including and I have mine showing the MSCs index over time

because I really care about what the MCS is

I could have a plot, other things

So this is just a quick view, up on the top

It shows me all the time what’s going on

If I click on it, it shows me this piece of information

Let’s see how we can configure it

First about Wi-Fi signal, here it is, Wi-Fi signal

It’s from Adrian Granados and you can see it on their website

Their website is

Their website here is called Intuitibits

It’s his new company name, he just started up

He’s been making this software for a long time

And you can go out to intuitibits.com, and get any of his products

Air tool, transfer explorer

I use Explorer Pro also every day

Or this tool we’re talking about today is Wi-Fi signal

And so this is where you can go pick up Wi-Fi signal

There’s this little thing

You can get it in a Mac app store

and use it on any of your machine

So strongly recommend that

Now, let’s look into the

Preferences, if we come down in the little settings icon,

the little gear we can look about, we already saw about,

I can now set my preferences

The preferences, let’s start here with the general preferences

I personally like to use dBm I understand dBm

I know how it works

Makes sense to me

But if you’re, you know, wanted to think in percentage,

you can change yours and use percentage all the time

If you’re going to Adrian’s website,

there’s a blog entry that discusses the difference

and how he calculates dBm versus percentage

It’s not a linear curve, it’s got, anyway

If you if you care, go look there

Personally, I like dBm

I like to graph MCS because I personally like MCS best,

but he gives you options

You can change other things

You can graph the data rate, SNR or the RSSI

Your choice on that?

Personally, I like MCS

If I say show channel width

and you can I’ll change this live so you can see what happens

Right up here where it says 36 80 and up on top it says 36 80

If I turn off channel width it changes it here but not at the top

because the top is set in my status preference

But this is the one that shows on the screen itself

I like to show it so I know whether or not you know

what my channel width is at the time

I have the IP address shown

That’s right here

You can also pop that off

And I show MCS because I think that’s the most important thing,

so there might be people who don’t understand MCS

or don’t want to have the ability to see their IP address

I think they should all be turned on

I don’t turn on channel recommendations personally because

whatever he recommends, I will find some other way to do it

He’s using an algorithm, I would use something different

But this is the system the way I have mine set up

And I find it like it’s got a lot of detail

You can control it

But the real point here is let’s jump over to status

And in the status place, you can make your own any way you like

This is the one I chose because I like to see this

So I have my channel and the channel width

with a little dash in between

So I had to add that little dash actually,

so I could have added some spaces in there

But I just want it to be tight

Then I have a vertical bar

and then next to the vertical bar

I have what is offered versus what I’m getting

Those are the two differences

and the ratio between those two tells me about the health

Say, I’m only getting 600 meg

But if the what’s being offered by the AP’s max is 600 meg,

then 6 or doesn’t look good

But if the max was 13 but I’m getting 600

thus I want to see what’s offered versus what’s available

And so I set those up in mind

I put the word that letters MCS because all that the percent X

X does is put in the MCS itself

So I wanted to be able to look and see

That’s just not a 9 but MCS 9

And then the last one is I have my SSID

There’s other choices and down below you can see different

patterns you could choose if you wanted to have the device name

or an annotation or BSSID,

they’re all available to you

Anything that’s in the Mac OS, Adrian can go grab and pull up

and then put up on your screen so you have control over that

thing that we can now edit notifications

So notifications are the things that will pop up on your screen

And Adrian is now sensing and listening in his software

What happens at as an event inside my Mac?

And if I wrong or I find a stronger signal or a weaker signal,

I can have it

Tell me and I’ll pop up on the screen

I just roam

Sometimes I’m sitting in a hotel and I like to know,

did I did I change APs that I’m connected to?

And you can set any one of these and you can click on them

and turn them on and off and then it will change that notification

that pops up on your screen

So Wi-Fi signal isn’t just this static piece,

it’s on the screen at the top or even this little dropdown bar

But it will also send little messages to you

Those notifications,

you can control those lot of choices to choose from

Another thing we can look at here

when we get into the settings is events

So I’m going to turn back on events

and now the events tab is showing here

I have mine currently set for the last month

and you can see there wasn’t a lot of events

over the entire month

Well, that’s because I have mine set to the things

that haven’t changed much

I’m currently on a desktop

Well, it’s a laptop

It’s a MacBook Pro, but it’s been sitting on my desk

I have, you know, because of covid,

I haven’t been traveling a whole lot

So it’s been sitting here

So some of the events, the joint events, the roam events,

the channel events and the disconnect events

Those are the ones that I’ve got turned on

and not a lot has happened

You can see that I went from Mist AP to WLANPro SSID,

I went over the Winward neighbors

I switched over to my Keith AP a couple of times

and you can see which channels are on

and the data rates and speeds

This is good information

If I turn them all off, you can see them by type

So there’s been to disconnect events

If I switch to rate events now,

I can see there’s been 95000 rate events just in the last month

as my client connects to the AP the roam,

the environment changes

It goes from 1170 to 1300 back and forth

all the way down to 1053

You can see if you just scan through here,

I’m staying above a gig fairly consistently the entire time

So yeah, roaming events are less

because I didn’t move my machine

But rate events are shifting all the time

which is one of the reasons why I didn’t want

I don’t want to know about a rate shift notification or

be popping up all the time, but for joint events, roam events,

channel change events and disconnect events

I like those as notifications too,

because they don’t happen very often

And if they do, I probably want to know about it

So, Wi-fi signal from Adrian Granados is the author

you can go into intuitibits.com to get your own copy very cheap

Doesn’t cost much at all

I put all my machines

It allows me to see what the current connection is on Wi-Fi

That alone helps me do

all sorts of different types of troubleshooting

You should go and get your own copy of Wi-Fi signal now

You’ll love it

Thank you

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