add channel number and type of 802.11 or 802.3 to connection flyout menu

 

Overview

if you click on the network connection "antenna-pc icon", you will see your list of wifi networks. one very big problem. too little information.

lack of channel number and type of network (802.11 b or g or n or ac or ad or a, or 802.3au I think) makes people make big mistakes when configuring their network for their neighborhood. the biggest make by far I end up solving (99% of cases involving wifi) are situations where another router in the same area is blindly on the same channel, so both cancel each other out due to channel conflict. only one router can be on a given channel in a router's range at once. if there is any overlap between the two routers, you have connection problems/flakiness.

there is a severe lack of critical information for network connections.

it is my understanding that ISPs always use SI units in measuring bandwidth in bps, but I don't know about whether IEC or SI units are used for usage caps in bytes/month so I would assume SI unit as worst case scenario since it's smaller. I hardly think you could get a straight answer from a wireless broadband ISP since they don't usually know about such things (but they do know how to sell you one). frequently (and much to user's confusion), SI units are written when IEC units are meant. such is the case with windows, DOS, the RAM industry, browsers, optical discs, SSD's flash drives and flash memory.

proposal

I propose for every OS to have,

  • for wifi,
    • the connection name
    • SSID (critical)
    • channel number (critical)
    • the type of 802.11 (as in b, g, n, a, ac, ad)
    • Data used, as SI unit (at user option, should be very easy to add) (can be critical)
  • and for wired connections,
    • the connection name
    • the word Ethernet (critical)
    • the LAN speed
    • Data used, as SI unit (at user option, should be very easy to add) (can be critical)
  • and for USB or any other type of connector like Thunderbolt,
    • the connection name
    • connector type (USB 1.1, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt)
    • speed (e.g. for usb, as SI unit like Mbps or Gbps) (critical)
    • Data used, as SI unit (at user option, should be very easy to add) (can be critical)