Apps that Scan and Search for Wi-Fi

Wireless networking can be a daunting subject to the uninitiated. Luckily, the software on this page will help users not just find existing wi-fi networks, but also help them optimize the ones they have administrative control over.

The apps on this page vary from utilities that help find optimal wi-fi connections when travelling (apps such as WeFi) to apps that can help turn your Android device into a wi-fi network analysis guru (apps such as Wifi Analyzer).

    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    Wifi Analyzer is a handy tool which helps you to select a better channel for your wireless router. It turns you android phone into a handy Wi-Fi analyzer! App Permissions (from Google Play) Version 3.8.
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    Optimize your WiFi network using WiFi Analyzer by examining surrounding WiFi networks, measuring their signal strength as well as identifying crowded channels.
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  1. NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data.
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  2. Vistumbler is a wireless network scanner for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    LinSSID is graphically and functionally similar to iwscanner (Linux) and Inssider (Microsoft™ Windows®). It is written entirely in C++ using Linux wireless tools and Qt4.
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  3. WiFiman is ideal for analyzing nearby Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth LE devices, device discovery, and network speed tests.
  4. NetStumbler is a tool for Windows that allows you to detect Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) using 802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g.

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 0.4.0, released in April 2004, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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  5. Connect to WiFi passwords for FREE internet access all over the world! The most popular WiFi application *** TOP 1 in 50 countries *** TOP 1 in Travel category in 100 countries *** Contains to 100 million WiFi hotspots!.
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    With Homedale you can search for Wi-Fi / WLAN Access Points and monitor their signal strength. Use the detected access points with Google Geolocation and Mozilla Location Service to locate yourself.
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • Symbian S60
    If youre tired of clicking around trying different Wi-Fi connections to find one that works - You want WeFi.
    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    How strong is your WiFi signal? You can use the NETGEAR WiFi Analytics app to get advanced analytics that help you optimize your existing or newly extended WiFi network.
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  6. WiFi Monitor is a powerful tool that allows you to analyze the state of Wi-Fi networks and gather data about its parameters (signal strength, frequency, connection speed, etc). Useful for setting up a router and checking devices connected to WLAN.
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    Mozilla Stumbler is an open-source wireless network scanner that collects GPS data for the Mozilla Location Service, our crowd-sourced location database.
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    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    BETA WiFi Buddy is an easy yet functional Wi-Fi network scanner tool. Its core features are: Automatic scanning for access points, Directly connect to open networks, Easy access to all Wi-Fi settings and Keep Wi-Fi radio active while idle.
    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    FRITZ!App WLAN makes it quick and easy to connect your Android or iOS device to wireless routers such as the FRITZ!Box. The app also offers a detailed overview of nearby wireless networks.
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