Sometimes your “Wi-Fi Neighborhood” becomes crowded, congested and sometime unusable. But how can you diagnose what outside wireless networks are interfering with your own connection? You could buy an expensive enterprise handheld Wi-Fi analyzer, but that would be impractical for residential environmemts. Instead, you could just use mobile applications on your Android smartphone that could provide Wi-Fi congestion and diagnostic information. The application that I have used is “Wifi Analyzer” on the Google Play Store.
This app will provide details on WiFi networks located on 2.4ghz and 5ghz spectrums. Data and details provided include:
- SSIDs or Serivce Set Identifiers
- Access Point MAC address or BSSIDs
- Access Point Manufacturer
- Signal Strength
- Spectrum Map/Visualizer
This app will help you spot the source of wireless networking interference and allow you to setup your network to work around the interence.
Just a sidenote to those who don’t setup their Access Points on the right channels…
PROPER WIFI ETTIQUITE IS TO ASSIGN YOUR NETWORK TO 2.4GHZ CHANNELS 1, 6, 11 WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. FOLLOWING THIS ETTIQUITE WILL REDUCE INTERFERENCE IN YOUR WIFI NEIGHBORHOOD AND MAKE EVERYONE WITHIN THAT NEIGHBIRHIOD HAPPY.