How to Determine Your Wireless Channel

by Dave Wilson

Microsoft Windows operating systems include several utilities and a service that are dedicated to supporting wireless network connectivity. The wireless network utilities provide most of the information needed for configuration and diagnostics through the Windows graphical user interface. However, when you need to know what channel the computer is using to connect to a wireless network, use the Windows Netsh command line utility to determine the channel in use.


Boot the Windows 7 computer and log in using the credentials of an account that has administrator access to the computer.


Click the "Start" menu on the taskbar, type "cmd" in the Search box and press "Enter."


Type "netsh wlan show interfaces" and press "Enter." The channel in use by the wireless network adapter will display in the command line output.

Items you will need

About the Author

Dave Wilson has been writing technical articles since 1993, including manuals, instructional "how-to" tips and online publications with various websites. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and has Microsoft, Cisco, and ISC2 (CISSP) technical certifications. He also has experience with a broad range of computer platforms, embedded systems, network appliances and Linux.