We’ve reviewed Wi-Fi analyzers that run on Android, Windows, and Mac OS X devices. These apps allow you to analyze the wireless access points and channels on the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. Now we’re reviewing apps, published as Universal Windows Platform apps on the Microsoft Store, that run on Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones. The Wi-Fi features that developers can utilize in the Universal Windows Platform are still pretty limited. But these apps are inexpensive and/or free. Here are the individual reviews:
If you’re looking for a free app, consider WiFi Analyzer, WiFi Monitor, and WiFi Scout. WiFi Scout lacks some advanced features, but it does create separate network lists for the 2.4 and 5GHz bands and it keeps out-of-range access points on the list. WiFi Analyzer offers good filtering options, although sorting could be improved. WiFi Monitor has integrated speed testing for the paid app, but lacks sorting and filtering of the network list and ability to change the wireless adapter. Both WiFi Commander and WiFi Tool are paid apps but offer free trials and provide great features and functionality. They offer 3D graphs and numerous sorting and filtering options.
WiFi Analyzer is published by Matt Hafner. We evaluated Version 1.7.0, a free full-featured ad-supported edition. However, for $1.99 you can remove the occasional video ads. When you first open WiFi Analyzer, you can choose your location. The app has three different tabs: Connected, Analyze, and Networks. On the Connected page, you see the details of any current Wi-Fi connection. On the Analyze page, you can access the graphs and channel ratings. On the Networks page, you find the list of detected SSIDs. On the bottom menu, you can toggle sorting between name or signal and show/hide the network details. Like from the Analyze page, you can adjust the filtering, which applies to both pages. Lastly, from the Networks page you can connect to a network.
WiFi Commander is published by Forged Bytes. We evaluated version 188.8.131.52. After the full-featured 30-day trial, you can purchase the app for $2.99. When you open WiFi Commander, you see tabs on the left-hand side for four main pages: Networks, Monitor, Analyze 3D, and Settings. On the Networks page, you see the list of SSIDs and their details. On the top of the Networks page, you see the time of the last scan, total number of APs, and menus to customize details, adjust the sorting and grouping, and to perform filtering. On the monitor page, you see a line graph of the signals. You have menus and shortcuts to customize details, perform filtering, and switch between the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. On the Analyze 3D page, you see 3D type of channel usage graphs for both 2.4 and 5GHz.
WiFi Monitor is published by Mark Rizzo. We evaluated version 184.108.40.206. Although they offer what’s classified as a trial, it’s more like a free edition since the trial doesn’t end. However, functionalities are excluded. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks within the app, seeing the AP vendors, and performing download and upload speed tests are only available on the paid app for $1.99. There are four main tabs: Dashboard, Graph, List, and Ratings. If you have the paid app, you’ll see the Speed Test tab. The Dashboard page has a signal indicator showing the strength of your current connection, with connection details on the right of the page. On the List page, you see a simple list of the networks, which you can’t filter or sort. In the paid app, you can click on a network to view the detected AP vendor and also connect to them within the app.
WiFi Scout was developed by Devin Wong. This is a free app with no ads, and certainly the simplest app we reviewed. When you open WiFi Scout, you’re met with only two tabs: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Both have a channel usage graph, showing the signal strength of each SSID. Below the graph, is the network list for that particular frequency band. Although the SSID, channel, signal, and state (active/inactive) are the only details shown by default, you can add the following: band, MAC address, encryption, authentication, physical kind (wireless standard), beacon interval, Wi-Fi direct support, and uptime.
WiFi Tool is published by Helge Magnus Keck. We reviewed version 220.127.116.11. After the free trial, you can purchase the app for $1.99. After opening WiFi Tool, you’ll find a menu on the left side for four main tabs: WLAN, Analyze, Traffic, and Settings. On the WLAN page you see a list of the SSIDs and their details. If you select an SSID, a pane on the right appears showing more details. On the Analyze page, you can access graphs, which you can flip between 2.4 and 5GHz. First shown is the channel usage graph, but you can also switch to a line graph showing signal over time. On the top of the Analyze page, there’s a shortcut to enable split view.
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