Most Wi-Fi tools ignore signals that aren’t from
Wi-Fi devices even though these signals collide with Wi-Fi packets, reducing throughput and sometimes completely stopping the
Wi-Fi network.

Free Wireless Tools

Below you’ll find our recommended Wireless Networking Tools for Wi-Fi Scanning, Site Survey, Site Planning and Packet Sniffing.

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Wi-Fi Scanners

inSSIDer for Windows

InSSIDer for Windows (from Metageek)

  • - Create custom filters
  • - Log and export KML for Google Earth
  • - Channel View for determining Wi-Fi channel Overlap
  • - 2.4 and 5 GHz and network strength over time views
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inSSIDer for Android

InSSIDer for Android

  • - Optimize your Wi-Fi network by choosing the best channel
  • - Shows how other networks interfere with your Wi-Fi network
  • - Runs on Gingerbread or newer versions of Android
  • - 2.4 and 5 GHz and network strength over time views
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Site Survey

Heatmapper from Ekahau

Heatmapper from Ekahau

  • - Wi-Fi coverage on a map
  • - Supports 2.4 and 5 GHz 802.11n
  • - Quickly locate Rogue Access Points
  • - 15 minute time limitation
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Wi-Fi Mapper from Meraki

Wi-Fi Mapper from Meraki

  • - Wi-Fi coverage on google maps or floor plan,
  • - No installation
  • - Quickly locate Rogue Access Points
  • - Estimated throughput results
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Site Planning

Free Wi-Fi Planner from Aerohive

Free Wi-Fi Planner from Aerohive

  • - Upload a floor plan.
  • - Auto placement for quick and easy planning.
  • - Must register for Hive Manager Account
  • - Works With: Aerohive APs only
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Packet Sniffing

Kismet Packet Sniffer


  • - Network Detector, Packet Sniffer, Intrusion detection system
  • - Raw monitoring mode
  • - Works With: Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Mac OS X.
  • - Can run on Windows using a specialized AirPcap adapter.
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Tamosoft Throughput Test

Tamosoft Throughput Test

TamoSoft Throughput Test is a utility for testing the performance of a wireless or wired network. This utility continuously sends TCP and UDP data streams across your network and computes upstream and downstream throughput values, packet loss, and round-trip time.

Iperf Packet Sniffer


Iperf is a throughput application. There is a great GUI variation called JPerf. Both allow you to compare actual throughput to the stated data rate of a WLAN.

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Spectrum Analysis

Kismet Spec Tools

Spec Tools for Linux from Kismet

  • - SpecTools is a Linux utility set for Wi-Spy.
  • - Includes userspace drivers for hardware
  • - graphing UI built on GTK/Cairo
  • - servers for remote devices,
  • - simple utilities for developing other tools
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  • - EaKiu for OSX and EaKiu Remote for iPhone
  • - designed to work with the MetaGeek Wi-Spy series of wireless
  • - USB hardware spectrum analyzers
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