Windows 10-based Wi-Fi analyzers: No frills, low cost

WiFi Tool, WiFi Commander stand out in test of five stumbler and surveying apps.

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We’ve reviewed Wi-Fi stumbler and surveying apps that run on Android, Windows, and Mac OS X devices. These apps allow you to analyze the wireless access points and channels on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands in your network. Now we’re reviewing apps, published as Universal Windows Platform apps on the Microsoft Store, which can run on Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones.

Keep in mind, the Wi-Fi features that developers can utilize in the Universal Windows Platform are still pretty limited. For example, these apps are not able to detect exactly what access point you’re connected to if there are other access points with the same SSID. Channel-width details are also not provided, so you won’t see accurate channel usage graphs and interference analysis, if there are access points utilizing channel widths greater than the legacy 20MHz. Though most of the apps will recognize “hidden” SSIDs, they cannot reveal the actual SSIDs, like some other traditional Windows applications.

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