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WinFi Lite is a powerful WiFi Analyzer for Windows

WinFi Lite is a new networking program and app for Microsoft Windows devices designed to monitor, analyze, and manage wireless networks. The application is available as a Microsoft Store application and as a classic desktop application.

The desktop application is available on OneDrive and not signed at the time of writing. The author plans to sign it soon though.

The program is listed as beta currently but it works really well already. For this test, I have checked out the desktop version of the application. Both versions share the same functionality.

Tip: check out NetSpot WiFi Analyzer for Android if you want a mobile analyzer. Also, make sure to secure your wireless router. If you use Windows, use WifiHistoryView to display past wireless connections the PC made and this tutorial to remove old wireless networks in Windows 10.

WinFi Lite

winfi lite wireless network windows

The interface of the application provides a wealth of information but in a very organized fashion thanks to the use of colors and tabs. It may still be overwhelming at first as you find lots of buttons, tabs and menus placed in the interface to change what is displayed on the screen.

The program displays the list of wireless networks that it discovered during an initial scan; the list is updated automatically by default but you may click on the pause button in the top left corner next to the wireless network adapter to pause the scans.

Each wireless network is listed with its BSSID, network name, vendor name, RSSI, beacon, rates, bands, channels, amendments, channel utilization, security, uptime, last seen date and a lot more.

A click on any network displays details in the lower panel. The lower panel uses tabs to divide details, signals, spectrum, parameter, and notes.

The application displays graphs when you click on network details that highlights the strength of the selected network. Signals and Spectrum provide a comparison with other networks. The program color codes each network that it found during the scan and all of them are displayed in the graphs so that you can check the use of channels or the signal strength effectively.

winfi lite manage wireless networks

The Parameters tab finally lists details networking parameters such as the supported rates, capability information, or timestamps. There is also a notes tab to add custom text notes.

WinFi Lite supports lots of filtering options to display a subset of networks or information only. You can sort the network table using the program and switch to another supported view mode using the view menu.

The application supports basic and pro view modes, a security report view mode, or network capability and nearby network lists views. Basic, as the name suggests, lists fewer parameters and focuses on important metrics such as signal quality, band, or channel.

wireless networks security

Pro displays more information, and security report changes the layout of the table by grouping networks into security categories. It lists open networks and networks sorted into groups that use encryption for easier identification.

You can create custom profiles using the program's capabilities; ideal if you need an overview of a subset of information only.

A right-click on a network displays options to copy the information or save/open as Pcap.,

The developer added handy features to the application that improves how you use it. You find 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz toggles at the top to quickly display or hide these networks in the listing. There is an option to save the data to JSON files, and to change zounds of parameters in the settings. To name just a few: scan interval in seconds, when unreachable networks are removed from the table, how graphs are displayed, and a lot more.

WinFi Lite keeps track of networks in an archive that you may open at any time. A click on a session  provides an option to replay it in its entirety. The program switches to the table view then and you may use the session slider to go back and forward in time, or play it instead.

Closing Words

WinFi Lite may still be a beta application but it is well designed very powerful wireless network monitor, analyzer, and manager. Cautious users may want to wait until the program is out of beta and signed properly.

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Comments

  1. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 3, 2019 at 12:22 pm
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    Hi! Im the Dev of this Programm. Both versions are Win32, even the Version from the Store. They are identical

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 3, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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      Thank you Helge! Promising program.

    2. seiferflo said on September 3, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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      It’s looking great. It makes me want to try it badly…
      Any plan on releasing a portable app?
      Otherwise, I can suggest these guys : https://github.com/portapps or these ones https://portableapps.com/news

      1. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 3, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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        im sorry, but i have no plans to release a portable Version, for several reasons

      2. Ashley said on September 4, 2019 at 1:55 am
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        Helge, great program. May I ask what are the reasons for not releasing a portable version?

      3. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 4, 2019 at 9:52 am
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        mostly for licensing reasons

  2. Chris said on September 3, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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    Not on the UK MS App site as far as I can see.

    1. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 3, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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      do not search for it, use the link

  3. Dilly Dilly said on September 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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    Pretty UI. Awaiting portable version for tryout. I was an inSSIDer user for years then switched to nirsoft’s wifi tools after it became bloated.

    1. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 3, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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      im sorry, but i have no plans to release a portable Version, for several reasons

  4. Q said on September 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    My test of the application, WinFi Lite 0.9.7.0, did not go as well. The end software did not work at all. I tested on Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3.

    It should be mentioned that the WinFi Lite software is given to require .NET Framework by its installer.

    Further, after extracting the installer and trying to run the application, it did not run and a not a valid Win32 application error was given.

    1. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 3, 2019 at 7:51 pm
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      im sorry, but this is a Windows 10 only Application. It doesnt make any sense to support a dead OS.

      1. Anonymous said on September 4, 2019 at 12:21 am
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        Didn’t work on Windows 7 either. It’s not quite dead yet. Just a flesh wound…

      2. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 4, 2019 at 9:44 am
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        this app is made for WiFi Engineers, it just doesnt makes sense to support Windows 7 or 8 since they do not support all WiFi standards properly. Also, Windows 7 and 8 already reached their end of life cycle and do not support the cross platform approach the app follows. There are also some technical reasons why this app only supports Windows 10.

  5. chesscanoe said on September 3, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    I normally connect my laptop to my router through an ethernet – USB convertor, but I switched to WinFi Lite from the US Microsoft Store to try Wi FI out again. I am dazzled by its presentation of the information it gathers. I have not compared it to other tools I have available from the past; I will have to find current versions of them to do so.

  6. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    hmm, i answered all questions here because i take my job very seriously. but for any reason my comments disapeared after just 1 minute.

  7. John said on September 3, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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    Program looks nice. I installed it to my computer. I know this is beta,
    Suggestions:
    1) It installed to my C: directory it should install to c:\Program Files (x86) directory.
    2) Created a Shortcut to the public Desktop, should also create a Shortcut entry to the Windows Start Menu (All Programs) area

    Thanks

    1. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 4, 2019 at 9:47 am
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      this will change with the final Version.

  8. Matt said on September 3, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    Why not leave a link to download it?

  9. jan said on September 3, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    Installed in W7; does not run. Uninstalled it.

    1. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 4, 2019 at 9:44 am
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      this app is made for WiFi Engineers, it just doesnt makes sense to support Windows 7 or 8 since they do not support all WiFi standards properly. Also, Windows 7 and 8 already reached their end of life cycle and do not support the cross platform approach the app follows. There are also some technical reasons why this app only supports Windows 10.

  10. Anonymous said on September 4, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    It’s promising but, only Microsoft Store? No way.

    1. Helge Magnus Keck said on September 4, 2019 at 9:46 am
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      If you check my Twitter profile you will find a direct download link. But i highly recommend to use the store version atm, my direct download links to an unsigned version, still waiting for commodo to send me my hardware ev key.

  11. Max said on September 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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    Looks good. Downloaded and it’s running well here on Windows 8.1.

  12. Lawrence Corbett said on September 8, 2019 at 1:46 am
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    How do I interpret RSSI’s which are positive as much as + 1822 dBm

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