Wi-Fi stumblers and analyzers

5 Wi-Fi stumblers and analyzers for less than $100

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Wi-Fi stumblers and analyzers are a must-have when troubleshooting Wi-Fi interference and performance issues, or when simply checking channel usage on the wireless bands. They’re also needed for Wi-Fi site surveys during the network design and deployment phases, as well as for security audits to look for rogue or misconfigured access points.

Each tool gives you the basic wireless details of nearby access points: SSIDs, signal strength, channels, Media Access Control addresses, and security status. Most can even reveal “hidden” or non-broadcasted SSIDs. Some offer additional functionality, such as details of nearby wireless clients, raw 802.11 packet capturing, frame statistics, performance testing, and map-based surveying.

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