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How to check ethernet connection speed on the mac

The convenience of wireless networking is fantastic, but it doesn’t compare to the solidity and dependability of a wired network connection.

Where can you find out if your Ethernet connection is running at 10, 100, or 1000 Mbit/s? It is not in the most obvious place, as it turns out.


  1. Make sure your Ethernet cable is plugged in, and verify that you are connected to the network in System Preference > Network.
  2. Locate the Network Utility on your mac. It is in Applications > Utilities > Network Utility. Alternatively, search Network Utility in Spotlight Search.
  3. In the Info tab, under Network Interface, use the drop-down menu to select the Ethernet.
  4. You should be able to view network connection details including network addresses, and connection link speed.

That’s all there is to it! It’s obvious after you know where to look. While in the Network Utility, check out other useful features of this app in the other tabs.

  • Ping: Lets you test how long it take to send a message to a remote server and receive a response. Measured in milliseconds.
  • Whois: Find out who is the registered owner of a domain name.
  • Traceroute: Trace the path your request physically takes along the Internet when you connect to a remote server.