How can you select the right Wi-Fi hotspot from all those your phone tells you can be found, create a detailed coverage map of the SOHO (Small Home/Small Office) network or choose which is the best channel because of it? All you need is an Android mobile device along with a Wi-Fi analyzer app.
Do a google search Play for any listing of Wi-Fi analyzer apps. Wi-Fi Analyzer, produced by Kevin Yuan of farproc, heads this list exceeding 10,000,000 downloads. Among its many features will be the capacity to display a visible graph of most active access points locally, their SSID names, signal strength, channel numbers, MAC addresses and the kind of security encryption they'll use. The app is easy to operate although you may aren't technically inclined. Measurements might not be lab quality, but all we actually have to solve problems are consistent relative readings.
If you're searching to get this done together with your iPhone you may be disappointed. Recent changes for the iOS operating-system block usage of private frameworks that app writers need to duplicate these characteristics. If however you have an older iPhone that has not been upgraded beyond iOS 4 you will find similar apps you can use. As a last resort, you can find applications for desktop and laptop Macs which will do the same job. You'll have to lug bigger equipment around. To help keep things simple, I'll give instructions according to farproc's Wi-Fi Analyzer app. Another apps should work almost the same if you search through their menus for similar features.
Use the 'Channel Graph' view to find a good hotspot. It is the default screen links up when you facilitate the app. Just in case it's not, press recption menus soft key (it appears like an eye) and choose 'Channel Graph'. You will now visit a graphical display of all available networks. Obviously you'll need a strong the one that rises that beats all others however if you simply also want one which doesn't require a password, look for a '*' near the SSID. This is an option so you may need to switch it on in the 'Settings' menu. If there is no obvious choice, like the one run by the spot of economic you are in, watch the screen for a while to see which ones give a consistent signal. Weaker ones could give up completely after a few seconds. Hopefully it will have the right network, on a single of the three channels with all the smallest amount of overlap (1, 6 and 11), about the 2.4 GHz band. You can also examine what's happening around the 5 GHz band by tapping the most notable left corner. For reasons uknown there isn't any icon there if you don't touch it.
Now that you have a good idea utilizing Wi-Fi Analyzer, try creating a coverage map of your property or office wireless network. You may find it much easier to change to 'Signal Meter' mode. Its dimensions are only 1 signal at any given time so make sure it's yours. Or even, press and contain the network name, choose 'Select AP' in the menu then select your network.
Have a printed layout of one's all your rooms then go from place to place and take readings at each and every one. Make sure you enable the meter to stabilize prior to deciding to record a measurement. That may take 15 or more seconds. Whether it keeps rising and down use the lowest reading to your map. Make sure all your readings range from same phone so it is all totally relative to the identical starting point. When you are done you may easily see where the complaints are. You can now consider the necessary steps to fix them.
To see if you are able to improve wireless network performance, go to the 'Channel Rating' screen. It rates all of the available channels on the scale of a single to 10. The greater the rating, the less interference with that channel. Monitor the screen because it rates all channels in real-time, updating continuously as conditions change. Yet again, ensure it's set for your network. Press and hold the network name to improve it.