Software Recommendations: Monitor Analyze and manage Wi-Fi around you

The Wi-Fi management feature that comes with Windows 10 is relatively simple. If we need to monitor, analyze and manage the Wi-Fi around us, we can use WinFi software to do so. The software comes in two versions, the Microsoft Store app and the Classic Desktop app. Here, we will take the desktop version as an example to introduce it.

When WinFi starts, it first automatically scans for wireless networks and gives a list of discovered networks. By default, the list is updated automatically, but we can pause the scan by clicking the Pause button located on the left side of the toolbar. In the wireless network list window, each wireless network is listed with its BSSID, Network Name, RSSI, Beacon, Rate, Band, CH, and other parameters. Hovering the cursor over the item title, we can see a detailed explanation of the item (Figure 1).

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Clicking on any of the networks in the network list, we see detailed information about the network properties displayed in the lower panel in the form of category tabs. These include: Spectrum, Parameters, History, Dashboard, Signals, Note, etc. Among them, Signals and Spectrum provide comparisons with other networks. Parameters lists detailed network parameters, such as supported rates, feature information or timestamps. And the Note tab allows adding custom text annotations. Clicking on the Dashboard tab displays the network parameters in a dashboard format (Figure 2).

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If we want to save all the parameters of a network, simply right-click on the network and select a file format (TXT, CSV or JSON, etc.) to save (Figure 3).

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We can also filter the list of networks by using filters. For example, if you want to list all 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks separately, you can quickly show or hide 2.4GHz or 5GHz networks by clicking the corresponding button on the right side of the window title bar. In addition, we can also build custom filtering criteria. Click the Hourglass button on the toolbar, and then select Signal Filter or Network Filter in the left column to select the criteria for filtering. For example, if you only want to see networks with better signals, select Signal Quality under the Signal Filter filter, and then check the options except Poor (Figure 4).

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