Few days back I wrote a post How to find the best Wi-Fi channel for your router, to optimize wireless signal. But that required to install a free app called Wi-Fi Analyzer on your Android phone.
What if you don’t have an Android based smartphone ? how do you find the best Wi-Fi channel for your home router. Obviously you cant install this app on a non-android based phone.
Than I came across this very small nifty tool from Nirsoft’s called WifiInfoView. The best part is, this tool doesn’t’ even require installation. All you have to do is unzip the content and run the .exe app. Within a few seconds this tool shows you all the networks in your area, with plenty of information (more on that..please read on).
Why do you need this tool?
If you are staying in an apartment complex, or in a very congested locality, where every other house uses a router. You may have observed that your internet connection drops out or connection randomly disconnects and reconnects, or your connection is not as fast as you expected.
Let me tell you that this is not the only solution to make your wireless connection run at maximum speed. But definitely the most important first step to optimize wireless signal by changing the router channel. So you get interference free wi-fi signal.
Optimize Wireless Signal By Changing Wi-Fi Router Channel
( Before we go further please note, if your wireless network is working fine, don’t mess with it and you don’t need to read further)
Well having said that, assuming that you need to optimize wireless signal. Download the tool which is less than 300KB in size (download link given below). This tool doesn’t require any installation or any additional dll files. Simply run the executable file WifiInfoView.exe.
(This is a screen shot taken from the makers site for example)
After you run the tool, WifiInfoView scans the wireless networks in your area and displays extensive information about them, including: Network Name (SSID), MAC Address, PHY Type (802.11g or 802.11n), RSSI, Signal Quality, Frequency, Channel Number, Maximum Speed, Company Name, Router Model and Router Name (Only for routers that provides this information), and more…
As shown in the image above, most common channels used is channel 1 and 6. Basing on this you can safely choose channels 2, 3 or 11.(as an example) for your router. This way you won’t have much interference from other router and optimize wireless signal too.
Operating System: This utility works on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2008. Both 32-bit and x64 systems are supported.
Windows XP is not supported because this tool is based on new Wi-Fi API that doesn’t exist on Windows XP.
LICENSE : This utility is released as FREEWARE.
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Ben Jamir is the Founder and Author of Tipsnfreeware. He is a part time Blogger, sharing his experience and giving a Helping hand to Home users. You will find here the best Windows Tips,Tricks and quality Freeware.