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Wireless Network Watcher

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.91
  • Total Downloads:
    468,612
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 04, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    334.8KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,001
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Wireless Network Watcher lets you monitor your network to make sure only authorized persons are using your connection.

Pros

Beep alerts: If you're particularly worried about network hijackers, you can configure the program to run in the background and beep if a new device joins your network.

Organizational features: You can show grid lines to view your data like a spreadsheet and also mark odd and even rows. This makes the readout much easier to decipher and would be very helpful in an organization where you could be monitoring large numbers of devices on a single network.

Cons

Unexplained items in interface: Some of the icons are very unclear, and you have to hover over them to understand why they are there. In addition, there is a small counter at the bottom of the screen that counts up and then eventually rests, with no indication as to why it is there.

No help: The help menu doesn't contain any information at all, just an About option that provides the software version.

Bottom Line

Wireless Network Watcher is a useful utility if you're trying to monitor a network with a large number of users or if you're nervous about unauthorized wireless traffic. However, the app is a little confusing and could benefit from better help and support.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"very good app"

December 21, 2015  |  By damoncollon

2015-12-21 07:46:55  |  By damoncollon

 |  Version: Wireless Network Watcher 1.90

Pros

Easy to understand for everyone

Cons

Should be a tool in app to block all those users which are using network without permission.

Summary

well done

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5 stars

"One less thing to worry about. I love this program."

December 04, 2015  |  By kingfootie

2015-12-04 08:20:28  |  By kingfootie

 |  Version: Wireless Network Watcher 1.90

Pros

This is a great little program that relieves the worry if somebody might be using your network. For years I've always wondered how to monitor my network and with this program you will know instantly. You can change the settings run in the background and automatically pop up a balloon and beep, or you can set it to manual and check it yourself with just a click. I love it because I don't have to go through the hassle of logging into my service provider to find out who might be using my service without my permission. Another thing I like is the newer version automatically identifies which items are part of your network by listing them as "your router, your computer", etc. so you don't have to wonder if it's your router or and outsider who's busted in. Older versions did not specify and left this up to you to figure out. My cousin heard about this program on a radio talk show in Missouri and passed the info on to me. I cannot say enough good things about this program. Thanks NirSoft!

Cons

The program does not appear to have any way of updating itself, so if you have an older version, I suggest uninstalling it and downloading the newest version. The older versions did not identify which items belonged to you on your network, but the newest version tells you specifically if it's "your router, your computer, etc." which is great. The reason I say to uninstall the old before installing the new is because I had some trouble with the older version loading when I clicked on the icon and couldn't figure out how to get the newest version to load, which resulted in me uninstalling everything and just starting over from scratch. This program also has some advanced characteristics which I will probably never use, but the program's website provides more information.

Summary

I highly recommend this product.

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3 stars

"Questionable alerts"

February 28, 2015  |  By Firsttimeonly

2015-02-28 12:18:31  |  By Firsttimeonly

 |  Version: Wireless Network Watcher 1.77

Pros

Does what it claims to do.

Cons

Beeps as advertised when a new device is detected. However, it beeps at unpredictable times even though no new device is displayed. Seems to indicate that a new device has joined, but does not display any new device.

Summary

Overall, seems unreliable if it alerts you to a new device but does not display an additional device.

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5 stars

"Best free network app"

December 09, 2014

2014-12-09 10:28:20

 |  Version: Wireless Network Watcher 1.73

Pros

Simple, elegant, easy to understand for target audience. Nirsoft sets the standard for free portable apps and this is one of their best!

Cons

No negatives that I see

Summary

Simple, elegant, easy to understand for target audience. Nirsoft sets the standard for free portable apps and this is one of their best!

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5 stars

"Does what it says"

October 28, 2014

2014-10-28 02:25:58

 |  Version: Wireless Network Watcher 1.73

Pros

simple works well and does what it says

Cons

none as yet.

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5 stars

"Works well, very simple."

April 30, 2014  |  By webmama001

2014-04-30 05:10:30  |  By webmama001

 |  Version: Wireless Network Watcher 1.70

Pros

It shows every device on my network accurately. I recommend looking at the Options and Advanced Options. There is a beep setting for when a new device connects.

Cons

No cons. It's simple, but I like that.

Summary

I only need to monitor my network and it does that just fine.

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2 stars

"SIMPLE WATCHER"

May 26, 2013  |  By Jbasin

2013-05-26 10:13:21  |  By Jbasin

 |  Version: Wireless Network Watcher 1.60

Pros

SIMPLE WATCHER

Cons

NEED MORE INFO

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4 stars

"Nice little program"

January 23, 2013  |  By si

2013-01-23 18:45:00  |  By si

 |  Version: Wireless Network Watcher 1.56

Pros

Very easy to use and understand. I like that I can put familiar names of the devices in, so as to recognise them easily.

Cons

Wish there was an option to kick a device that is unwanted.

Summary

Nice little program and I like it! It's very helpful.

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4 stars

"Brilliant application."

April 17, 2012  |  By jal.thanawala

2012-04-17 02:21:57  |  By jal.thanawala

 |  Version: Wireless Network Watcher 1.42

Pros

Easy to understand and use.

Cons

Should have the ability to recognise the users and to drop them if they are unauthorised. Also, need to be able to change the router password from within the program.

Summary

Overall a neat piece of convenience, that's easy to use and it is free.

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4 stars

"Works as described"

April 16, 2012  |  By trdarcy

2012-04-16 00:29:49  |  By trdarcy

 |  Version: Wireless Network Watcher 1.42

Pros

Ease to use

Cons

Layout could use a little modernization

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.91
Updated the internal MAC addresses database.
General
Publisher NirSoft Freeware
Publisher web site http://www.nirsoft.net
Release Date January 04, 2016
Date Added January 04, 2016
Version 1.91
Category
Category Networking Software
Subcategory Network Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/Server 2003 x64 R2
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 334.8KB
File Name wnetwatcher_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 468,612
Downloads Last Week 5,001
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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