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If you've noticed your home wifi isn't getting the speeds you think you should be getting you should try setting your Wifi router to a different channel. (look up your specific wifi router for directions on changing the channel)

Lucky if you are running the latest Mac operating system, OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple has built in there very own wifi scanner. Which will scan all of the nearby wifi connections and spit out data about each surrounding hotspot, like name, which wireless protocol they're running (B, G, or N) and of course which channel they are using to transmit. Of course Apple doesn't make this little handy tool easy to find but lucky for you Everyday Digitals has your back:

FIND THE WIFI SCANNER

1 . From any FINDER window (search area in top-right corner), hit Command+Shift+G 

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2. When the window pops up, enter the path: /System/Library/CoreServices/

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3. Select GO and this will take you to the CORE SERVICES folder. Scroll down to towards the bottom until you find the Wi-FI DIAGNOSTICS application

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4. Drag this icon either into your LaunchPad or your Dock so you can easily access it later. Now click on the Wi-FI Diagnostics icon to open the app

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5. Once you see the initial Welcome window from the Wi-Fi Diagnostics app you can press Control+N or select FILE > Network Utilities to open the Utilities section of the app

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6. From here you can see your network and all of the surrounding networks around that could be potentially interfering with your wi-fi signal. Under Channel, check to see if your network is on the same channel as other networks around you. For instance if you're on channel 1 and three other people around you are also using channel 1 you may want to switch to a less occupied channel. This should speed up your network and prevent interference and/or low signal.