The best tools for analyzing and optimizing Wi-Fi networks
First of all, it is worth answering the following question: why, in principle, do we need tools to obtain information about a Wi-Fi network and optimize it? Although the functions of the programs listed below differ from each other, they were all created in order to achieve the same goal – to provide you with the information you need about available Wi-Fi networks.
Thus, you can choose the network that will provide you with optimal performance and maximum download speed. Most of the programs below contain the following information about the network: signal strength, addresses, channels. However, some of them also have additional features, such as network troubleshooting and setting the security options you need.
The programs that will be discussed can be used to explore the wireless network at home, at work, or in public places. You can find those rooms or places where you catch a weak Wi-Fi signal. In addition, you will determine the interference in signal transmission between wireless devices, as well as determine the reasons why the performance of your device or router may decrease.
Some programs are also able to detect rogue connections that steal your Wi-Fi signal. Gamers will be able to use the Internet at home to the fullest. Moreover, in public places they will be able to find the most secure Wi-Fi connection available.
Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector
Designed to provide real-time wireless health monitoring, Wi-Fi Inspector 2.0 is available for Windows and macOS and supports the latest Wi-Fi standards, including 802.11 ac Wave 1 and Wave 2 technologies. In addition to real-time monitoring Xirrus WiFi Inspector can detect rogue access points and work as an IT assistant with easy-to-use troubleshooting tools.
It is also worth noting that Xirrus WiFi Inspector is a free program.
This tool shows the MAC address of each wireless access point, its encryption type, signal strength and channel. InSSIDer is one of the most popular Wi-Fi troubleshooting software. It is available for installation on Windows, macOS, and Android, but is not free.
The full version ($19.99) helps you measure the signal strength and performance of your Wi-Fi network in various locations. See how walls, stairs and doors affect your wireless coverage. The insider tip (the previous version of inSSIDer, which was free) is still available for download online.
WifiInfoView scans for wireless networks near you and displays detailed information about them. This information includes: network name (SSID), MAC address, PHY layer type (802.11g or 802.11n), RSSI, signal quality, frequency, channel number, maximum speed, router model and name.
WifiInfoView also has a special mode where all detected wireless networks are grouped by channel number and their maximum speed. WifiInfoView is a free tool. It is only available for installation on Windows.
Wifi Analyzer for Android
This program turns your Android phone into a Wi-Fi network analyzer. Wifi Analyzer is a handy tool that will help you find the best network for your wireless router. It shows you all the Wi-Fi channels near you and helps you find the less crowded ones.
WiFi Analyzer has several view modes of received data, such as channel graph, time graph, channel rating, access point list and signal meter. It also has tools called " Lan neighbors " (gives you information about nearby routers) and "OUI lookup " (performs a MAC address check).
NetSurveyor can be used to check if your network is set up correctly, find areas with poor WLAN coverage, detect signal interference, and detect rogue access points. The data is shown to the user through various graphs and charts. In addition, reports can be generated in PDF format.
NetSurveyor is a free tool. In addition, it can also be used as a learning tool to help beginners understand the relationship between access points, wireless networks, and client stations. NetSurveyor is available for installation on Windows only.
Based on Techspot.