Wifi Scanner & Net Discovery

Wifi Scanner & Net Discovery

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WifiExplorer is an 802.11 network discovery tool -- also known as a Wi-Fi scanner. Using your device's built-in 802.11 radio, it collects information about nearby wireless access points and displays the data in useful ways. The diagnostic views are helpful when installing and troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks.

WifiExplorer uses 5 diagnostic views that collectively provide an overview of your current Wi-Fi environment. In 'normal' mode all APs are displayed, while in 'Monitor Mode' only the APs of interest are displayed. The following list briefly describes some of the features available in the current version of WifiExplorer.

✔ Site Survey View -- displays each AP's beacon signal strength and channel, emphasizing how Wi-Fi channels in the 2.4x GHz ISM band overlap with one another.

✔ Occupied Channel View -- displays each AP's channel and relative beacon signal strength, emphasizing how the APs in your current Wi-Fi environment are distributed across different channels.

✔ Channel Occupancy View -- displays how the APs in your current Wi-Fi environment are distributed across different channels. Typically you'll see most APs on channels 1, 6, 11 and few (if any) on the other channels.

✔ AP Timecourses View -- displays each AP's beacon signal strength as a function of time. This view is most useful when monitoring a particular AP and you are moving around to different locations.

✔ List of wireless routers -- lists all the wireless APs in your current Wi-Fi environment, along with their SSID, BSSID (MAC address), channel, frequency, security configuration and beacon signal strength (RSSI).

✔ Capture, save and email screenshots of the different diagnostic views.

WifiExplorer is the ultimate mobile tool for wifi site surveys. Its graphical charts make it easy to use for both professionals and amateurs alike. A variety of 802.11 network discovery tools are available for the android platform -- they are known by various names including -- wifi scanner, wifi finder, wifi locator, wifi analyzer, wifi detector, wifi monitor, site survey. WifiEagle falls in this category of wifi test apps. These diagnostic tools have the common goal of detecting the intermittent beacons that are transmitted by every wireless router. Each wireless router with a unique SSID represents a different wifi network. Wireless routers with the same SSID serve the same wifi network.

When preparing a site for installing a wifi network or troubleshooting one that performs poorly one typically uses several diagnostic tools to measure coverage, congestion, RF interference and throughput performance. Coverage takes into account the signal strength of the Wi-Fi network in all areas where Wi-Fi is desired. The signal strengths that are measured by wifi scanning tools are those of the beacons transmitted by wireless routers and do NOT reflect network performance -- a common misconception. Wifi scanners, wifi finders, wifi locators, wifi analyzers, wifi detectors, wifi monitors, site survey and network discovery tools -- whatever you like to call them -- can only be used to measure coverage since they only detect beacons. They can not measure throughput performance, which would require detecting and monitoring wifi data packets.

The best wifi apps will present the data they collect in such a way to make your job of interpreting it as simple as possible. WifiEagle uses multiple graphical charts so the results really stand out. Using these results allows you to make the best choices in configuring your wifi network for the best channel and determining whether all areas have sufficient wifi coverage.

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Comments and ratings for Wifi Scanner & Net Discovery
  • (69 stars)

    by Christopher Sullivan on 24/03/2014

    nice and easy to use

  • (69 stars)

    by Chris Beasley on 22/03/2014

    Shows what I need as a tech would be nice to have the 5ghz band option though

  • (69 stars)

    by Sam Hendryx on 17/03/2014

    Great tool to find channels being used, signal strength and security being used. Handy to find out if your wifi is on the same channel as nearby wifi so you can change the channel your wifi uses.

  • (69 stars)

    by ken wawa on 13/03/2014

    Perhaps channel scanning could be faster, but not sure if it's Android limitations consequence. Still great app!

  • (69 stars)

    by Shane Franchow on 01/03/2014

    Gives tons of relevant information on busy channels, I use this more often than I thought I would

  • (69 stars)

    by Vishal Dhaimodkar on 24/02/2014

    A must have application if u live in a place where the wifi radio band is crowded and want to choose the best radio channel

  • (69 stars)

    by Kurt Dozier on 08/01/2014

    I Don't understand all the information it delivers yet, but I do have a better understanding of wifi.