There’s an app for that.
If you have a WiFi-enabled smartphone, you probably have a cheap or even free way to analyze your Wireless Internet issues. What issues? Glad you asked – that makes you one of the four people for whom wifi always “just works.”
- I can see my wireless network but it is impossible to connect
- I can see my wireless network, and I can connect, but I cannot pull up a web page
- I can connect to my wireless network from my couch but not from my desk (and the wireless router is on the desk.
- I am often knocked off the wireless network.
WiFi analyzers are usually pretty simple to understand. Here is an article reviewing several free WiFi Analyzers.
As an example for Droid users, Android WiFi Analyzer allows the user to see what channels are being used by the local wireless routers. The more routers using a channel, the flakier your signal will be. To adjust your channel, you will have to make changes on the wireless router. This may be difficult, if the router is a wireless hot-spot at the local coffee house, but it is pretty simple if your access point is under your control.