Wi-Fi Hotspots – Find and Manage them with Xirrus

Wi-Fi Hotspots – Free finder and Network Manager

– This free tool is an absolute must for the frequent Wi-Fi Hotspot users. Though windows 7 does have a built-in utility to find Wi-Fi networks, it is a very basic utility and you may not be able to choose the right one with it.

Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector provides you with amazing amount of information that makes it not only easy to pick the Wi-Fi Hotspot with the right speed and performance, but you will also be able to troubleshoot the connections! These are a few other useful applications of this free tool, as identified by its makers.

  • Search for all available Wi-Fi networks
  • Troubleshoot Wi-Fi connectivity issues, if any
  • Verify the Wi-Fi networks’ signal strengths (coverage)
  • Manage a computer’s Wi-Fi connection
  • Locate Wi-Fi devices
  • Detect rogue APs and verify AP settings
  • Wi-Fi Education

Features of Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector

Wi-Fi Hotspots

You can get detailed information of all nearby Wi-Fi Hotspots in a radar like display. Here are the prominent features of Xirrus Wi-Fi Network Inspector.

  • Dynamic radar view displaying local Wi-Fi network names and relative distance
  • Detailed information of all the local Wi-Fi networks
  • Display of computer’s Wi-Fi connection details and most important network addresses
  • Connection, Quality, and Speed tests for troubleshooting the Wi-Fi network connection
  • Real-time graph of signal strength of one or more Wi-Fi networks with 8 minute history
  • Locate mode for tracking Wi-Fi network signal strength, including audible beep
  • Directly Connect or Disconnect to Wi-Fi networks
  • Enable or Disable Wi-Fi adapter in Windows 7 and Vista
  • If you are new to Wi-Fi and/or its terminologies, this tool can also help you with an integrated glossary of Wi-Fi terms

From the above, it is clear that this is much more than a Wi-Fi Hotspot finder and a more complete Wi-Fi network manager.

You will need windows 7, vista or windows xp (sp2 or above) to use this software. You will also need a Wi-Fi adapter, either built-in or external. You will also need .NET framework 2.0 or higher. (Download .NET framework 4.0 here). To check if it is already installed, go to “Control Panel” => “Add/Remove Programs” and look for Microsoft .NET Framework.

If you want to run speed tests, make sure you have adobe flash player installed – Download Flash Player 10.

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