When you’re examining wireless networks in the field, inSSIDer is a great tool. However, since inSSIDer can only gather information from your computer’s Wi-Fi card, there are some pieces of the Wi-Fi puzzle missing.
Wi-Spy + Chanalyzer 5 is that missing piece. It shows you data from the RF spectrum that your computer’s wireless adapter simply can’t see.
Check out the comparison below to see what Wi-Spy + Chanalyzer looks like in action. A MetaGeek customer who works in managed IT was responding to a call from one his clients who was experiencing drops in Wi-Fi coverage.
Using built-in Wi-Fi card + inSSIDer: looks ok, right?
After plugging in Wi-Spy + Chanalyzer 5: There is actually a lot of interference here, but it was invisible without Wi-Spy
The previously invisible red shapes indicated several wireless security cameras. It turned out that a wireless security system had been installed next door to his client’s office, and it was interfering with the Wi-Fi, despite the fact that the access points were running on the proper channels.
Once the customer got a full picture of his wireless landscape, he was able to make adjustments and fix his Wi-Fi problem. Troubleshooting really is that easy with Wi-Spy + Chanalyzer 5.