Using a Wi-Fi analyzer in your home or office can eliminate the guessing game about which signal is most reliable and the fastest. They can also show you the best places to put your router to give you the best signal when you need it. Here are five Wi-Fi analyzers for Windows you may want to check out.
1. WiFi Analyzer
First, let’s look at the app WiFi Analyzer. It shows you all the suitable network channels using heat maps to help you find the best place in your home to put your router and gives you information about your current network. You can check link speed and the signal level. It also shows information about any bad links or poor connections and finds networks that may be interfering with yours.
This app has a free package with useful features, but there is a premium version available that keeps the screen from turning off after a certain period. That version will also notify you with a beeping sound when you find an access point.
While many Wi-Fi analyzers don’t seem to have paid much attention to the user interface, NetSpot has one that is easy to use and self-explanatory. There are two different modes in NetSpot. One is Discover, and the other is Survey. The Discover mode shows the rate of data transfer between the user and the Internet. Survey mode generates heat maps to identify different nearby networks and their locations. Together these two modes help you choose the best spot to avoid signal interference and increase your signal strength.
There is a free version of this app and several upgrades that you may need depending on the size of the network you want to analyze. The Home package is $49, the Pro is $149, and the Enterprise is $499.
3. Wifi Analyzer Tool
If you only need a good Wi-Fi analyzer tool for personal use, Wifi Analyzer Tool may be right for you. This app will analyze both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz using a spectrum chart which displays the available networks and how they overlap with each other. Wifi Analyzer Tool provides information such as the signal strength, the IP information, and the security details of each network. You can also access a time chart to see when the speed of the network was slow or fast. It includes a choice of dark or light theme, a beep tone for signal strength and the ability to save spectrum images.
It’s available for a small cost of $4.95, but if you check it out in the Microsoft Store at the right time, it could be on sale for $1.69 or maybe even free.
The inSSIDer tool is a powerful tool designed mostly for businesses with large networks and who are interested in all the advanced options available. Because the developers designed it for companies, you cannot analyze any 2.4 GHz networks without upgrading to a more pricey package.
It offers features such as the ability to monitor channel saturation and identify the sources of any interference. It performs a routine analysis to make sure you are on the best network available. You can also initiate your own spot check so that you can be sure you are getting the best channel selection for your machine.
inSSIDer is designed to work accurately and reliably with large networks, so it’s not really for home use. The price tag also backs up that idea. The cheapest package is $149 for the inSSIDer Office. From there, the packages go up to $499 for the inSSIDer Essential and $999 for the Chanalyzer Essential package.
5. Wifi Commander
Wifi Commander stands out from the pack because of the beautiful 3D graphics used for its reports. These reports make the Wi-Fi and network-analyzing process easy and engaging. The app scans your surroundings for the best network in real time which will help you find the best network quickly.
It comes with many features such as filters and the option to sort the networks on your choice of various qualities. There is a display which shows the least-used channels, and it has support for multiple Wi-Fi adapters. Wifi Commander has no ads but comes with a cost. It usually sells for $34.99. However, as I stated earlier, you definitely want to check it out because it may have a discount. Currently, the app is only $4.99.
Hopefully, you found a Wi-Fi analyzer to fit your needs from this list. Let us know below if it worked for you or let us know some other apps that work great for you.