top free wireless survey wi fi signal analysis site planning software tools

We are going to be listing some of the top free enterprise wireless analysis tools available for download as well as some of the high quality low cost Wi-Fi surveying and analysis tools.

inSSIDer Office takes Wi-Fi network discovery to a whole new level. Combine it with the Wi-Spy Mini spectrum analyzer, and you get a solution that will help you find poor channel placement, diagnose low signal strength, and see invisible interference as you walk around your environment. inSSIDer Office is the first application that helps you design and troubleshoot wireless networks spanning multiple channels. You can choose up to 8 access points for optimization, making inSSIDer Office the perfect tool for multi-AP deployments.

NetStumbler is a tool for Windows that allows you to detect Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) using 802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g. It has many uses:
– Verify that your network is set up the way you intended.
– Find locations with poor coverage in your WLAN.
– Detect other networks that may be causing interference on your network.
– Detect unauthorized “rogue” access points in your workplace.
– Help aim directional antennas for long-haul WLAN links.
– Use it recreationally for WarDriving.

AirMagnet Survey AirMagnet Survey is the industry’s most accurate wireless site survey solution for planning and designing 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless LANs for optimal performance, security and compliance. This wireless site survey tool calculates the ideal quantity, placement and configuration of APs for a successful WLAN deployment. AirMagnet Survey goes beyond just verifying RF coverage, by plotting actual end-user network performance in terms of connection speed, throughput and packet statistics. The end result is a complete Wi-Fi “weather map” of all critical RF and end-user performance metrics.

NetSurveyor and NetStress — two of the most popular, free diagnostic tools downloaded from the Internet. We also offer other PC-based tools used for troubleshooting and diagnosing problems with 802.11 (WiFi) networks and solving other issues related to RF interference.

Kismet Kismet is an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. Kismet will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode, and (with appropriate hardware) can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n traffic. Kismet also supports plugins which allow sniffing other media such as DECT. Kismet identifies networks by passively collecting packets and detecting standard named networks, detecting (and given time, decloaking) hidden networks, and infering the presence of nonbeaconing networks via data traffic.

Xirrus Wi-Fi inspector is a powerful tool with built-in tests enabling you to characterize the integrity and performance of your Wi-Fi network. You can easily gain visibility into your network with this application, which is designed to run on Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 laptops.

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