Use WiFi Analyzer for Android to optimally configure your wireless router
Setting up a wireless router is not really that difficult anymore if you stick with the default settings. While that works fine often, it is better to go through the configuration manually to improve the security and performance of your wireless connection.
Besides making sure that you are running the most secure protocol available, you may also want to make sure that your router is placed and configured optimally for reception.
One of the things that you can do to ensure that is to make sure that you are using one of the free channels and not one that all of your neighbors are making use of.
If you own an Android phone or tablet, you can use it in conjunction with the WiFi Analyzer application to find the best spot and configuration for your router.
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Just start the application after you have installed it to start using it. It will display the channel graph by default which is useful for two purposes.
- It highlights the channels that wireless networks that the phone picked up are using. If you notice that your wireless network is sharing channels with another one, you may want to move it to a free channel instead if that is possible. Basically, the less sharing the better.
- You also see the signal strength of each router here. The higher it goes, the better. It is obviously best if your own router has the highest value when you are near it.
You may want to walk around into all rooms or even outside to get a feel for the reach of your router's signal strength. Note though that this does not necessarily reflect how well others can connect to it or attack it, as the device that is used for that also plays a role here.
You can switch to other graphs and information with a tap on the eye icon on top. Available here are time graph, channel rating, ap list and signal meter.
- Time graph: Displays each router's signal strength over time. Just keep the app running for some time to check it out and make sure that your router's signal strength does not drop below a certain threshold or disappears completely off the grid.
- Channel rating: This one is interesting as it provides you with ratings for each channel. Even better, you can select a router and the application will tell you which channels are - probably - best suited for it. Just switch to another channel and see if it resolves any connection or performance issues that you may have.
- AP List: Displays all access points, the channels they use, their signal strength and names.
- Signal Meter: Test the strength of any wireless network that you select.
You may also want to check the preferences of WiFi Analyzer to modify some settings like the scan interval, change the available channels in your region, or set it to automatically enable and disable WiFi when needed.
I have used WiFi Analyzer several times in the past to find the best possible channel configuration for wireless routers. It is ideal for that purposes, and even if you are not familiar with the technicalities, you can still use it effectively by trusting the apps channel ratings.Advertisement