Tired of having to look for your wireless signal every now and then? If you have been having intermittent connection, then you might want to find out what’s causing it and maybe change the channels for your wifi frequency so that it won’t get interference from other signals. But, how do you do it? Well, changing the wireless channel is actually easy but if you want to do it easier, you can install inSSIDer Wifi Scanner.
It is a helpful program that helps you scan your surroundings for any wifi network, view their encryption type, the channel they are broadcasting, its name and more. This will help you adjust your channel accordingly to get a better signal or simply tap into a free wifi network for all your browsing needs. The program works with any Windows XP, Vista and even Windows 7 so you won’t have to worry about using it. As long as you have a wifi enabled laptop or computer, then you should be able to install the software. When you are setting up your network, you could view which channels the other networks are set to, thus, enabling you to avoid it so that it won’t cause problems.
Although NetStumbler has been somewhat a favorite in this category, it has one major flaw; the program doesn’t work great with Windows Vista or a 64 bit OS. InSSIDer not only works great on these systems, the fact that it’s open source is definitely a big plus as well.
Here are some things that inSSIDer can help you out with:
- Inspect your WLAN and surrounding networks to troubleshoot competing access points.
- Track the strength of received signal in dBm over time.
- Filter access points in an easy to use format.
- Highlight access points for areas with high Wi-Fi concentration
- Export Wi-Fi and GPS data to a KML file to view in Google Earth.
So if you want to stop agonizing over your unimpressive wifi network, then inSSIDer can definitely be a big help.
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