How to View Network Connection Speed on a Mac

How to View Network Connection Speed on a Mac

Using Option-Click

As pointed out by anon in the comments, you can simply hold down the Option key while clicking on the menu bar icon for your Airport, and it will show you the extended information in the popup display.

Very useful. Thanks!

Using the Network Utility

You can use the Network Utility by using Cmd+Space to pull up the Spotlight search box and typing it in, or you can navigate through your Applications -> Utilities folder to find it.

Once you’re there, you can see the current connection speed by looking at the Link Speed, which will show the actual data rate that you’re using. This rate will change as you move around your house, so if you’re far away from the router, the rate will change, and if you’re closer, it will get higher.

How to View Network Connection Speed on a Mac

Using the System Profiler

You can open up the System Profiler application from Spotlight search, or through Applications -> Utilities. Once you’re there, navigate down to Network -> AirPort (assuming you’re using a recent MacBook), and you’ll see the current connection over on the right. In my case, I’m indeed using Wireless-N.

When I first moved into my new house a few days ago, something didn’t seem quite right with the new Verizon router—it just wasn’t as fast as it should have been. After searching around, I was able to figure out that even though the router was set to Wireless G or N, it was defaulting to G instead of N, so I was losing a ton of speed. After upgrading the firmware, everything was fine.