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If you want to know how good your wireless Internet connection is on an Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook, you can rely on services that are integrated in macOS or offered on websites. You do not necessarily have to install additional software for measuring WiFi speed on the Mac. In this little guide I will show you what possibilities the operating system, Google and Co. offer.
If you use the Internet via the wireless connection to the router or another WiFi offer, you can see this on the WiFi symbol in the menu bar, among other things. If you click on it, you will also see the connections available in the area and the network that you are connected to. However, the drop-down display of the WLAN symbol offers additional functions and information - as with many other menu items by holding down the Alt or Option key (⌥). If you hold this button down and then click on the WLAN icon, you can view the current transfer rate as Tx rate read off:
Not only can you display the current WiFi speed of the network in MBit/s with Mac on-board tools, but theoretically also the maximum speed of the WLAN. However, this is not possible via the point shown above, but in the so-called network service program, which you can simply use via the Spotlight search (press cmd+space, then type network). Here you can find them Connection speed as one of several displayed values and information. For me, this value is currently below the Tx rate, which is a bit confusing:
The search term “Internet Speed Test” seems to be so popular that Google has launched a service itself. So you basically don't have to click on any of the displayed web offers, but can do a speed test for router and Internet connection on the Mac directly via the search results page. In contrast to the value of the macOS information shown above, here is the result achieved with the search engine's test service:
Further options in the guide: How fast is my internet? - Tools for the speed test
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.