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First of all, it is worth answering the following question: why do you need tools for obtaining information about Wi-Fi networks and optimizing them in the first place? Although the functions of the programs listed below differ from each other, they have all been created to achieve the same goal - to provide you with the necessary information about available Wi-Fi networks.

In this way, you will be able to choose the network that will provide you with optimal performance and maximum download speed. Most of the programs presented below contain the following network information: signal strength, addresses, channels. However, some of them also have additional features, such as troubleshooting network issues and configuring the security settings you need.

Some programs are also capable of detecting fraudulent connections that steal your Wi-Fi signal. Gamers will be able to fully utilize the internet at home. Moreover, in public places, they will be able to find the safest available Wi-Fi connection.

Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector​

Designed to monitor the status of wireless networks in real-time, Wi-Fi Inspector 2.0 is available for installation on Windows and macOS and supports the latest Wi-Fi standards, including 802.11 ac Wave 1 and Wave 2 technologies. In addition to real-time monitoring, Xirrus WiFi Inspector can detect fraudulent access points and serve as an IT assistant with easy-to-use troubleshooting tools.

It is also worth noting that Xirrus WiFi Inspector is a free program.


This tool displays the MAC address of each wireless access point, its encryption type, signal strength, and channel. InSSIDer is one of the most popular programs for troubleshooting Wi-Fi. It is available for installation on Windows, macOS, and Android, but it is not free.

The full version ($19.99) will help you measure signal strength and assess the performance of your Wi-Fi network in different locations. See how walls, stairs, and doors affect the coverage of your wireless network. An insider tip (*the previous version of InSSIDer, which was free) is still available for download on the internet.


WifiInfoView scans wireless networks near you and provides detailed information about them. This information includes the network name (SSID), MAC address, PHY level type (802.11 g or 802.11 n), RSSI, signal quality, frequency, channel number, maximum speed, router model, and its name.

WifiInfoView also has a special mode where all detected wireless networks are grouped by channel number and their maximum speed. WifiInfoView is a free tool and is only available for installation on Windows.

Wifi Analyzer for Android​

This program turns your Android-based phone into a Wi-Fi network analyzer. Wifi Analyzer is a convenient tool that helps you find the best network for your wireless router. It displays all the Wi-Fi channels near you and helps you find the less crowded one.

WiFi Analyzer has several viewing modes for the collected data, such as channel graph, time graph, channel rating, access point list, and signal strength meter. It also has tools called "Lan neighbors" (provides information about nearby routers) and "OUI lookup" (checks the MAC address).


NetSurveyor can be used to check the correctness of your network settings, find areas with poor WLAN coverage, detect signal transmission interference, and identify unauthorized (fraudulent) access points. Data is displayed to the user using various graphs and diagrams. In addition, reports can be generated in PDF format.

NetSurveyor is a free tool. Furthermore, it can also be used as an educational tool to help novice professionals understand the relationship between access points, wireless networks, and client stations. NetSurveyor is available for installation only on Windows.