Do you want your home’s WiFi connection to go better? Well, we have a collection of apps for Android and iPhone that will help with the task: from software dedicated to checking home coverage to applications designed to drive out intruders who steal your network. They are all very useful in their own way.
The arrival of Wi-Fi has brought great advantages, there is no doubt about that, but also some consideration, especially in terms of security and performance. In relation to the first, the vulnerability is greater than with a physical connection and the second, the performance can be seen to suffer with lower values. That is why it is important to optimize the performance of our network, something that is at our fingertips if we use the mobile phone and any of these applications.
The first of the applications is Signal Strength, a utility that we can find in the Google Play Store and that offers us information about the Wi-Fi signal that reaches a point in the house. An application that we can configure in light and dark mode and in whose menu it offers data related to the power with which the nearby Wi-Fi networks arrive, the speed or the information of each of the networks.
Working with all the data that it offers us, we can change the location of the router or the device that uses it to achieve better figures. And if we dare, go into the router’s configuration to change any parameter to improve performance.
2Who is on my Wi-Fi?
One of the most useful that we can find on Android is this application that allows us to know if there is any strange element connected to the home wireless network. Like the previous one, it offers the possibility of a dark mode and its operation is very simple: it scans all devices connected to the home Wi-Fi network.
In many cases, the name offered is that of the modem that incorporates the device in question, so we may not initially identify it. To improve the data it offers, we can activate the “Recognize the manufacturer of the device” function or if it still does not register it, add it by hand, verifying the Mac of each one or the IP assigned to it.
If we find a device that is foreign, strange, someone may be stealing our bandwidth, so it is convenient to access our Wi-Fi router and change the network access code or activate filtering by Mac. a free application that also has in-app purchases to access some extra services.
3Fing – Network Scanner
Another application similar to the previous one is Fing. It allows to know the devices connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to take measures in case of finding an unwanted element. It is prepared to work in dark mode so that it integrates better in a device with this type of interface. As a complement, add a network speed meter, both upstream and downstream.
A utility to measure the download speed could not be missing in this review and although it may not be the most complete, it may be the best known and most popular of all applications. This is Speedtest by Ookla, a tool that allows us to measure the speed of our connection through a test that makes it easy to know both the download and upload speeds, as well as the ping.
It also offers the possibility of knowing history of the measurements to check the evolution we have, very useful when we are trying to correct a problem in the home network. As a curiosity, it offers the option to compare our results with those of other people.
One of the problems with the Wi-Fi signal can come from interference between networks or saturation on a certain channel. And this is the information provided by Wifi Analyzer, an application available for Android that is also free and open source.
This utility is in charge of monitoring the surrounding wireless networks, offering information on those that can cause interference and the most oversaturated channels so that we can search the router’s configuration menu for the most appropriate parameters for each moment.
This application is available for iOS-based devices and, as we can guess from its name, it is in charge of analyzing the network to which we are connected to know if there is any connected element that should not be present. In this report, data such as the IP of each device or the Mac address appear.
With information and a simpler interface than the previous ones we have seen, this app is free, but it has a more advanced and complete version, Net Analyzer Pro, which for 4.49 euros offers a greater number of functions.
Another tool, in this case for the iPhone, is WiFi Guard. An application that, like the previous ones, is aimed at knowing which are the devices that are connected to our network. The difference, in this case, is that it has the possibility of setting a notice to send us an alert if a new device is connected.