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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 get detailed information about a wireless interface by using the iwlist command.

Run the below 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

use this is good , will give you all info about mac , channel and power signal


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this is really it, if you want a gui –  cipricus Oct 25 '14 at 15:02

Install wifi-radar from the repositories. It will show you what channel each network is using.

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link dead, please update! –  cipricus Oct 25 '14 at 15:10

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