Link speed is the maximum data connection speed between your device and the router. Though this is completely different from the internet speed, it can help to understand the maximum internet speed you can get on your device. If you want to check the link speed, here are three different ways to find the wireless link speed in Windows 11 computers.
Wireless Link Speed in Windows
You can find link speed in Windows from the wireless network connection properties. The link speed or link rate is shown in Mbps (Megabits per second). Remember, the file transfer rate is generally mentioned in MBps (Megabytes per second). Therefore, do not confuse with Mbps and MBps when comparing link and internet speeds.
- Right-click on the Start menu and select “Settings” option.
- This will open Windows Settings app and go to “Network & internet” section from the left sidebar.
- You can find the currently connected Wi-Fi network details on top of the right pane and click on the “Properties”.
- Check the “Link speed (Receive/Transmit)” to find the wireless link speed details of your connection.
- As you can see, the link speed shows 866/866 for receiving/transmitting in Mbps.
It is also possible to find the link speed from command line using Windows PowerShell.
- Click the search button in taskbar and search for “powershell”.
- Find and open Windows PowerShell app in administrator mode. Note that you can also use PowerShell from the Terminal app.
- Copy paste the below command in your PowerShell window and press enter key.
Get-NetAdapter | select interfaceDescription, name, status, linkSpeed
- This command will show all the networks available in your computer along with the details.
- You can find the link speed under “LinkSpeed” column against your Wi-Fi connection name.
Though Microsoft insists on using the Settings app, the old Control Panel is always there to check details of your network connection. You can open wireless properties from Control Panel to find the link rate.
- Search and open the Control Panel app using Windows Search.
- Arrange the items by “Category” and click “Network & Internet” link.
- On the next screen, click on “Network and Sharing Center”.
- Click your Wi-Fi network name link showing against “Connections”.
- This will open “Wi-Fi Status” dialog box. You can find the link speed rate against “Speed” heading under “Connection” section.
Lower link speed or rate between your device and router is an important indication of slow internet connection. You may need to change or upgrade the router, cables or device to improve the link speed and hence the internet speed.