Wifi Analyzer

Wifi Analyzer

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 5 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.5.16
  • Total Downloads:
    26,341
  • Date Added:
    October 12, 2011
  • File Size:
    452.25KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    58
  • Operating Systems:
    Android 2.1/2.2

Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the product page in the online Android Market. The application can directly be downloaded and installed on the registered Android device from your PC, or you can download it from the Android Market on your Android device.

Editors' Review

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Optimize your wireless Internet connection with the WiFi Analyzer app for Android. For those of you who may not be networking wizards, this app provides a relatively easy way to analyze the strength of different wireless channels, so you can figure out which to choose for your router.

Before using WiFi Analyzer, you must first understand what a Wi-Fi channel is. A Wi-Fi channel is a range of radio frequencies that a Wi-Fi network uses to communicate with wireless devices. There are a finite number of accessible channels, so when several Wi-Fi networks occupy a small area, channels will often get overloaded, and that's bad. Keep in mind, some routers can autoscan for the best available channel. So if you have one of those, this app may not be as critical for you.

WiFi Analyzer offers five different ways to view wireless channels (some more valuable than others): Channel graph, Time graph, Channel rating, AP list, and Signal meter. To quickly switch between views, simply swipe left or right on your screen. Unfortunately, the different views are not labeled, so at first, it will probably take you a few minutes to figure out exactly what you're looking at. The app is not terribly difficult to use, but it does take some time to orient yourself.

One of the most useful views is Channel rating. To use the ratings, tap the bar at the top of the screen and choose your Wi-Fi network. This will then display all of the available channels and give them each a star rating, with more stars indicating stronger signal potential. Typically, you would pull up this view and simply switch your router to the channel with the highest rating.

Another useful view is Channel graph, which plots all of the Wi-Fi signals in your area on a simple graph. Wi-Fi channels run along the x-axis (from 1 to 14) and Signal Strength runs up the y-axis. This view lets you easily see which channels are free, and which channels are already being occupied by one or more Wi-Fi networks. Obviously, those that are free provide more stable connections.

Time graph plots the changes in a Wi-Fi network's connectivity over time. AP list gives a bar reading of each Wi-Fi network's signal strength, which is perfect for comparing Wi-Fi networks in your area. And finally, Signal meter gives you a speedometer-type reading of a particular network's signal strength. This is helpful for choosing a physical location for your router. Once you place your router, you can walk around with your Android device to see how your meter reading fluctuates, then make adjustments as needed.

If you're setting up a Wi-Fi network for your home or office, we highly recommend WiFi Analyzer for Android. You'll probably have to sit with it for a while to orient yourself, but you certainly don't have to be a networking genius to use it. It offers several useful tools for optimizing both the settings and physical location of your router. Plus, it comes with extras like the ability to take snapshots of your readings, which is nice for testing out different configurations.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 4 stars

    "Excellent Dashboard"

    July 16, 2013   |   By bankbuddy

    Version: Wifi Analyzer 2.5.16

    Pros

    You can see your network along with all others and tell which one is best.

    Cons

    You can see how your network sucks compared to your neighbor's

    Summary

    Very worth while.

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  • 2 stars

    "Nice app, however these ADS"

    April 22, 2013   |   By Miomar

    Version: Wifi Analyzer 2.5.16

    Pros

    Nice interface, user friendly

    Cons

    Ads, ads and ads. Terrible

    Summary

    If you do not mind seeing ads, it is worthwhile trying

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  • 5 stars

    "Fun, Easy, Visual A Great Tool"

    December 07, 2012   |   By postalet

    Version: Wifi Analyzer 2.5.16

    Pros

    Multiple screens visually display all info needed to find nearby WiFi signals. Choose what is the best channel for your wireless router. Locate best location for your devices. Find channel conflicts. Find open networks to connect to. And on...

    Cons

    My favorite WiFi tool. Installed on my android tablet. Amd Free (:

    Summary

    Try it. You'll like it.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 2.5.16
    Bug fix.
    General
    Publisher Farproc
    Publisher web site http://sites.google.com/site/farproc/
    Release Date December 03, 2011
    Date Added October 12, 2011
    Version 2.5.16
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory System Utilities
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Android, Android 2.2, Android 2.1
    Additional Requirements Compatible with 1.5 and above.
    Download Information
    File Size 452.25KB
    File Name details
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 26,341
    Downloads Last Week 58
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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