WiFi scanners are informative software that elevates the security level of your wireless connection. This kind of software provides information about WiFi problems, the best channel for your router, the best place for installing the router by turning your PC or your laptop into an analyzer for the wireless network.
Most of them have features like: showing all the networks that may interfere with your connection, checking your WiFi connection speed and health, refining found network results with filters and many more. Also, in the current market are plenty such programs but not up to the standards of an ordinary user or they may even create a breach in the security system of your connection.
To avoid the disappointment of searching a program of this kind, we have prepared you a list with the best WiFi scanners available nowadays.
Best Wi-Fi scanning tools for Windows 10
This tool is developed by one of the biggest network security company in the world. It will let you maintain an overview of all your devices that are connected to a wireless network. It will help you check the speed, load, traffic, status, signal strength of your routers. Basically, it is your best friend when you need to check what’s happening on your “Wi-Fi pipes”.
First, of all, PRTG will allow you to see when your routers are not available so you could fix this and re-establish the Wi-Fi connection. This is a crucial factor for a network with multiple devices connected for sync or sharing purposes, even if it is only your home network and the connected devices are your laptop/PC, tablet and phone. You will also be able to see when your network is too loaded so you could avoid disruptions. Just keep an eye on the bandwidth markers from PRTG and see what device and what app is consuming most of your connection.
One of the most needed features is to see where the Wi-Fi connection is lacking strength. If a router has some problems with its emitters, then you will be able to see it on the software’s dashboard and you will be good to change/fix that router or any other problematic element of your network.
Another crucial feature seeing the last access to a device. It is really useful to monitor what device from the network accessed the Wi-Fi during the night or when normally there shouldn’t be any access. This will help you remove the unneeded devices that are consuming the internet and bandwidth.
You can try this program for 30 days and you can go on the free (but limited) version after that or you can continue by upgrading to a pro plan.
This application is developed by Matt Hafner and has an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars obtained from the feedback of more than 800 people. The first thing that you have to do when you open this software is to set your location. WiFi Analyzer will show you a pop-up where it will ask you for that. It has 3 different tabs for 3 different actions: Connected, Analyze and Networks.
The Connected page is providing you information about the current Wi-Fi connection. On the top area you will find a graphic of the connection quality based on link speed and signal level in negative dBm and also different icons that indicate bad link speed, bad channel, bad connection, the absence of internet connection and the unsecured connections. The bad part of this aspect is that the icons do not have any description so in the first phase you can get a bit confused, but you will understand what represents each one soon enough. On the bottom menu you have a button to toggle between the State and Link Speed indicator. The Link Speed shows the current and the top speed on the current session and the State mode shows only the improvement percentage. If this percentage is 100% it means that your connection quality was not affected.
The Analyze page is the place where you can make changes for a better connection. You can access the graphics and the channel ratings, you can switch between channels and also toggle between the frequency bands. To better understand the evolution of your connection you have full access to customize the colors of the graphics and the SSID/MAC. You can also filter the SSIDs shown in the graphics by the minimal signal bars, frequency band, overlapping, WiFi method, and network type.
On the Network you will have a list of all available SSIDs. On the bottom zone you have a menu where you can filter the available connections by their name and signal. Most of the filters applied on the Analyze page are available on the Network page. The main function of this page is the connection to one of the available networks.
This software has different features like enabling an adapter, preventing the screen to turn off and enabling vendor detection of access points. The only disadvantage of this program is the high number of adds which can be disabled for 1.99$.
You can download this software for free from the Microsoft store.
Wi-Fi Commander: 3D Analyze & Monitor
WiFi Commander software has achieved an average of 4.6 points out of a total of 5 from 490 feedbacks. The interface is very easy to use for any category of users because the facilities are divided into 4 categories: Networks, Monitor, Analyze 3D and Settings.
The Network tab contains the list with all available connections and their details. To see all the details available for a certain connection all you have to do is click on that connection and it will open a pop-up where you will find everything you need to know about it, such as BSSID, beacon interval and time discovered. From the same pop-up you can connect or disconnect from the SSID.
Network tab also has a system scan quality connection. This provides details of the last scan. It is useful only when you want to find out some details about the connection quality, but if you want to watch its progress in real time, Monitor and Analyze 3D page will display details about the connection quality regularly.
On the upper area of this tab you will find details such as the time of the last scan and total number of access points. From that menu you can also customize the information displayed.
The Monitor tab is devoted exclusively to the study of the connection. On that page you find different graphics that will show the evolution of connection in real timesince you connected. This tab has different filters that will help you customize the details displayed and switch between the 2.4 and the 5 GHz bands.
On the Analyze 3D tab you can find 3D type of channel usage graphs for both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz on the same page. This tab also has customizable filters for details and specifications. Graphs can be viewed in a classical or modern style in order to reduce the difficulty of reading them.
From the Settings tab you can change the visual theme for the GUI and select the Wi-Fi adapter.
It is a software dedicated exclusively to Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile users. You can buy it for 2.99$ from the Microsoft Store.
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