The only thing worse than no internet is the slow Internet. But did you know more often than not, you could easily troubleshoot or fix that issue in your wireless network using just a simple WiFi analyzer tool.?
WiFi analyzers provide an in-depth report of your wireless network, its signal strengths, the devices connected to it and a lot more which make it easy for you to identify the problem or simply improve your WiFi strength. Here are some of the best WiFi analyzer apps you can find for iOS.
Wi-Fi Analyzer Apps for iPhone and iPad
1. Dr. WiFi
Starting off the list is a very simple and free WiFi analyzer tool, Dr. WiFi which also brings a few extra functionalities with it.
It comes with a basic WiFi scanner feature which allows you to see a list of all the connected devices in your network so that you can weed out all those “piggybackers”. The speed tester gives you the ping, upload and download speeds for your WiFi and if you upgrade to the premium version, there is also a signal tester and security tester for your router and WiFi network.
Another bonus is the ad blocker which prevents all kinds of ads and tracking while you are browsing through your device.
– Network Scanner
– Real-time Speed and Signal Tester
– Security Test
– Ad Block
– Lacks other network utilities like traceroute, DNS lookup, etc.
– No export option
For someone who doesn’t know much about networks or how they work, this is the perfect app to test your signal strengths, data transfer rates, connected devices and overall monitor your wireless network through your phone.
Fing is a completely free and one of the top network tools on the App Store, used by amateurs and professionals alike.
The first thing you’ll notice about Fing is that how much it manages to pack while still being free; the WiFi scanner gives you a list of connected devices along with every detail possible from their MAC addresses to their vendor names and you can even control the internet connection for a particular device. There is also a ping utility together with traceroute for network quality measurement. Find is also available for Android users with the same interface.
For pro users, it incorporates many advanced features like a port scanner to find open ports and available services, Wake On LAN (WOL) to wake up devices remotely and even DNS lookup.
– Completely free but doesn’t slack in features
– Powerful Network Scanner
– Event log
– DNS Lookup
– No way to export all the data
– No Speed tester
Link: Fing on the App Store
Fing is one of those apps which exceeds all your expectations of a what a free app can offer and I highly recommend it to home users as well as professionals before investing your money on any other network analyzer app.
3. Network Analyzer
Network Analyzer is another popular network app which happens to come in two versions, a free Lite version and a paid Pro version. The Lite version offers some very basic functionalities, but for 4 dollars, the Pro version is where it’s at.
It comes with a quick WiFi scanner, including all the LAN devices’ names and addresses, along with the DLNA/Bonjour services they offer. Of course, it comes with all the standard network diagnostic tools like speed test, ping, traceroute, DNS lookup and a port scanner. I specifically like the traceroute here which visualizes the route of the packet on a map.
Another feature that many professionals will appreciate, is the exporting capabilities for most tools in a text as well as CSV.
– WiFi Scanner as well as all other network diagnostic tools
– Options to export in txt and CSV
Price: Free(Lite), $3.99(Pro)
While the Lite version is basically useless, you can’t go wrong with Network Analyzer Pro – great value and overall a very capable network analyzing tool you can add to your device.
At first glance, Scany might appear as a hacking tool or very complex app due to its black and green color scheme, but in reality, it feels one of the most complete and polished WiFi analyzer app you can get on iOS.
Scany has a powerful WiFi/LAN and internet scanner which has also been optimized to work with large networks by efficient search algorithms. The instant lookup feature allows for instant detection and IP lookup and is a few of the whole host of services that the app provides. Other tools include ping and traceroute, a port scanner, WOL, whois, DNS lookup and detailed network information.
It also has extensive export options which allow all your history and information to be shared in text, CSV and.SCANY files via email and can be opened again in the Scany app.
– Most complete WiFi analyzer tool
– Extensive export, import and history options
– No light mode
Link: Scany on the App Store
Scany was built by a network administrator and completely feels so with the little nuances like DNS server detection and type shortcuts. If you want the best and most powerful network analyzer app, look no further than Scany. However, it might be overkill for most casual users.
The only con to Scany is its unchangeable dark color scheme which I personally enjoy, but not might be to the tune of everybody. If you want a light scheme but with all the same functionalities and reliability, IT Tools is a great option.
5. iNetTools Pro
Last but not least, iNetTools Pro is a network analyzer app which aims to make it easy for beginners to take full control over their own WiFi networks.
Once you open the app you are greeted with a very simple interface with options to select from all the standard network diagnostic tools. It includes a nifty feature called “Server List” which you can use to save addresses of servers that you visit frequently and this comes in super handy for people who have to manage one or more servers.
But what really sets this app apart is its unlimited tech support via email. Troubleshooting network issues can be a nightmare if you don’t know much about networks or even if you know a lot and this feature is really commendable, especially for beginners.
– Server List
– Unlimited Tech Support
– No Speed or Signal Tester
– No export options
iNetTools Pro provides most of the network tools one might require, together with a tech support in a single package which makes it a great option for someone with little to no knowledge of network tools and looking forward to learn how to use them.
Apple has its own Airport Utility app on the App Store which works pretty well providing a graphical overview of your wireless network and the ability to access or modify all network information, but it only works with Apple’s Airport Base Stations which include Airport Time Capsule, Airport Express and AirPort Extreme.
Wi-Fi Analyzer Apps for iPhone and iPad
So this was a look at some of the best WiFi analyzer apps that iOS has to offer. The main takeaway should be that even the free apps have a lot to offer and you should check them out first before jumping on and buying an app. And of course, don’t forget to pick an app that suits your level and slowly work your way up from there. Finally, let us know in the comments below which app do you use or if you have suggestions for any other app which we forgot to include.