Down and dirty Wi-Fi stumblers and analyzers for Android users

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Inexpensive apps

In this review, we look at eight Android-based Wi-Fi stumbler and analyzer apps sold for under $10 on the official Google Play store. We compared the products based on their GUI, features and functionality. All the Wi-Fi apps will show you a list of nearby service set identifiers (SSIDs) or access points (AP) along with basic details like the channel and signal strength. Some offer further details, such as the AP vendor, MAC and IP addresses. Due to limitations of the Android OS, these apps will lack some features that other professional-grade Wi-Fi analyzers typically provide. (Read the full review.)

WiFi Overview 360 Pro
WiFi Overview 360 Pro

WiFi Overview 360 Pro is developed by Andreas Kraemer at KAIBITS Software, which offers additional network-related and various other misc apps. This app is currently available on Google Play for $1.80. WiFi Overview 360 Pro is packed with unique features, like the ability to prioritize your device’s network list, widgets for your device’s home screens, and the network tools Ping and Trace. It also gives you a couple of different types of strength values, gauges, and indicators. Our only gripe concerns the graphs showing the signal over time of each AP. You can’t view a single signal graph with all the APs; each AP has it’s own small graph. Plus the signal line resets when you access another tab.

WiFi Data+
WiFi Data+

WiFi Data+ is by Propane Apps, which offers a couple of other Android apps. On Google Play, this app is priced at $1.29. They offer a free edition of this app as well, but it has ads and lacks some features, such as external (WAN) IP reporting. WiFi Data+ offers more than just a basic Wi-Fi stumbler. It gives the IP address and other details for your current Wi-Fi and Internet (WAN) connection. It’s one of the few apps that makes sharing or saving the captured data easy as well. The biggest improvement would be offering separate graphs for 2.4 and 5 GHz; right now both bands show the signal strength over time for the APs on the same graph.

WiFi Analyzer Pro
WiFi Analyzer Pro

WiFi Analyzer Pro is the ad-free edition of WiFi Analyzer. It is developed by Zoltán Pallagi, who offers a few other network-related apps as well. You might try the free edition before purchasing the Pro edition, currently running for $2.75 on Google Play. WiFi Analyzer Pro provides network details on your current connection and the AP. But what we found most convenient is that you can identify overlapping APs on the signal line graph and you can pause the scanning of the app. However, it’s network list could use improvements to be more user-friendly.

WiFi Insight
WiFi Insight

WiFi Insight is the only app from RidgeSoft. It’s currently $1.49 via the Google Play store. WiFi Insight has a solid look and feel, with thorough help and documentation. Plus, it’s unique roaming graph can help you evaluate hand-offs between APs. However, it’s uncommon channel usage graph might be considered a drawback. WiFi Insight doesn’t offer any type of saving or reporting, nor does it allow you to pause the scanning. The Help page is pretty thorough. In addition to covering the features of the app, it explains some related wireless terminology and concepts.

WiFi Analyzer
WiFi Analyzer

WiFi Analyzer is the ad-free edition of WiFi Analyzer Lite. It is developed by Martin Hloušek, who offers a few other apps as well. Consider trying the free edition before purchasing the ad-free edition, currently running for $2.75 on Google Play. WiFi Analyzer is a more basic Wi-Fi stumbler, but offers a shortcut to quickly take screen shots in order to save the data. The biggest differentiator is that this app doesn’t age out the APs that are no longer detected, which can be useful in situations where you want to track all APs in a larger area. Additionally, APs from both bands appear on the same line graph showing the signals over time. This could actually be a pro or con, depending upon your network environment and personal preferences.

inSSIDer
inSSIDer

inSSIDer is from MetaGeek, which offers additional software and hardware products for professional-grade Wi-Fi troubleshooting, optimizing, and surveying. They provide similar Wi-Fi software for Windows and Mac computers as well, priced at $19.99. The Android edition is currently available for $9.99 on Google Pay. We evaluated version 4.0.2.9. inSSIDer has basic functionality. There’s no option to save or export the results, nor does it allow you to pause the scanning to temporally save the data. We also didn’t find any in-app help or any documentation online.

WIFI Scan Pro
WIFI Scan Pro

WIFI Scan Pro is developed by OTH, which offers two other Android apps as well. We reviewed the Pro edition, version 2.0. The app opens to the Nets tab, which shows a list of the APs along with their basic details: SSID, signal strength bars, and supported security protocols. Clicking on a listing will then show MAC address, channel, and signal level in negative dBm values. You can export the network list by generating a PDF report. The Discover tab provides host or port scanning that’s supposed to list the devices detected on the network. However, during our evaluation sometimes it would only detect the router and/or not detect all the devices. Additionally, it only provided IP addresses, whereas it’s supposed to provide the IP address and hostname to give you a clue as what the device actually is.

WiFi Scanner
WiFi Scanner

WiFi Scanner is the only app offered by Jason Mirwald on the Google Play store. We reviewed version 2.0. After opening the app, you see a graph showing signal strength for APs on the 2.4 GHz band. You can tap the 5 GHz tab to view the channels on that band. By default, all APs have a green signal line, but if you monitor a particular AP it will be white and if you manually add any APs they will be red. However, unfortunately there are no labels to identify the SSIDs of the APs, on this or any other graph offered by the app. On the bottom of the app are always three buttons. The left one is to start or pause scanning, the middle Monitor button takes you to a screen where you can select the AP you’d like to monitor, and the Add AP button allows you to manually add APs.