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We have a lot of WiFi connections nearby and I'd like to know which band has the least interference. I'd like to to know how many connections are on each band and pick the best to configure my router from that data.

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You can run this command from the command line, just copy and paste:

sudo iwlist wlan0 scan | grep Frequency | sort | uniq -c | sort -n

And you will get a result like this:

  2                     Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
  2                     Frequency:2.417 GHz (Channel 2)
  2                     Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
 10                     Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)

As an extra bit of useful data, you can see what frequencies your wifi card supports using this command:

iwlist wlan0 channel

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This does work decently well. Note though that some routers broadcast the same net on more than one channel/frequency. –  Thomas W. Aug 4 '11 at 1:31
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Install wifi-radar from the repositories. It will show you what channel each network is using.


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You can get a lot of data, including channel and signal strength, from sudo iwlist scan.

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