Mac’s and PCs connect with ease. However, some of those Airport signals could be improved, strengthened, and to do that you need an inexpensive app that scans, finds, and troubleshoots local Wi-Fi networks.
Most of us don’t do much to explore a local home or office wireless network unless something goes wrong. That’s the nature of set it and forget it.
WiFi Explorer is an elegant, thoughtfully designed Mac app that lets you scan the network to find connected devices, and troubleshoot the signal to improve performance.
When multiple Airports or PC wireless networks are in your neighborhood there can be overlapping channels and configuration problems which affect performance.
WiFi Explorer gives you network details including network name, MAC address, device manufacturer, signal strength, noise levels, channel, band, supported data rates, and even security configurations.
All of that information is processed and stacked into a single window with the device details and a graphical representation of each.
That makes it easier to find problem areas on a network. Take a look.
WiFi Explorer takes advantage of fullscreen mode on newer Macs, but runs on Macs all the way back to Snow Leopard. It supports wireless networks in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, as well as 20, 40, 80, and 160 MHz channels.
Signal quality is based upon the signal-to-noise ration (SNR), and it works with a variety of network protocols, including IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.
The genre of wireless network apps is growing, and most range from a few dollars to free. Here’s a look at 3 Apps That Help Your Mac To Scan For Nearby Wireless Networks (two free, one not).