Entry-Level Wireless Tools

Not sure where to start? Check out our roundup of helpful tools below for Wi-Fi scanning and troubleshooting, site survey, site planning, packet sniffing, and performance testing.

Wi-Fi Scanners

MetaGeek inSSIDer 4 (Windows/Mac OSX)

inSSIDer 4 is a powerful Wi-Fi scanning tool that gives you a snapshot of the networks in your area.

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MetaGeek inSSIDer Office (Windows/Mac OSX)

Take the guesswork out of increasing wireless network performance with inSSIDer for Office, an easy-to-use Wi-Fi network tool that tracks multiple networks, finds poor channel placement and low signal strength, and recommends the best configuration settings for the networks you manage.

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inSSIDer for Android

  • Table and graphic views of surrounding WLANs
  • Detailed statistics and channel recommendations
  • Network grouping by ESSID or Radio
  • Filtering by SSID, MAC Address, Channel, or Signal

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Fix your Wi-Fi with inSSIDer Office

  • Find the best channel for your router or access point
  • Get smart with built-in tips and recommendations
  • See sources of interference with Wi-Spy
  • Manage multiple access points
  • Export recordings to Chanalyzer
  • Now available for Mac

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Site Survey & Planning

Heatmapper from Ekahau

  • Wi-Fi coverage on a map
  • Supports 2.4 and 5 GHz 802.11n
  • Quickly locate Rogue Access Points
  • 15 minute time limitation
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Free Wi-Fi Planner for Aerohive APs

  • Upload a floor plan
  • Auto placement for quick and easy planning
  • Must register for Hive Manager Account
  • Works with Aerohive APs only
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Performance Testing & Packet Sniffing

Tamosoft Throughput Test

TamoSoft Throughput Test is a utility for testing the performance of a wireless or wired network. This utility continuously sends TCP and UDP data streams across your network and computes upstream and downstream throughput values, packet loss, and round-trip time.
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Iperf is a throughput application. There is a great GUI variation called JPerf. Both allow you to compare actual throughput to the stated data rate of a WLAN.
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  • Network Detector, Packet Sniffer, Intrusion detection system
  • Raw monitoring mode
  • Works With: Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Mac OS X
  • Can run on Windows using a specialized AirPcap adapter
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