If you’re looking for an easy and enjoyable way to analyze the quality of Wi-Fi networks around you, whether to improve your connection or simply to extend their range by repositioning them, I have the perfect tool for you.
It’s called Homedale, a freeware available for macOS and Windows. Once launched, it scans all the Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity and displays their signal strength. For each detected Wi-Fi network, Homedale provides a wealth of useful information.
You will see the signal strength expressed in dBm (a unit that measures Wi-Fi signal strength in decibels relative to a milliwatt, where higher values indicate a stronger signal). Additionally, the app displays other relevant data, such as the channel used by each network, which is crucial for avoiding interference with your neighbors’ Wi-Fi, for example.
Another notable feature of Homedale is its ability to show the Wi-Fi standards (like 802.11g, 802.11n, etc.) used by each network. This is particularly useful for identifying networks that might require a hardware update to improve performance. You’ll also be able to see a real-time graph of signal strength, which is extremely helpful for physically moving your router or device to achieve the best possible reception.
Furthermore, you’ll appreciate the ability to export the collected data as a CSV file for further analysis using your own tools. Homedale also comes equipped with a geolocation feature that, when available, can help you physically locate Wi-Fi networks on a map. This feature can be especially beneficial for professionals conducting network audits or for those looking to optimize Wi-Fi coverage in large spaces.
If you want to give it a try, Homedale is readily available.