Unless we are in the workplace, we seldom use a desktop computer. This is true is for quite a lot of people – we either use our laptops or our smartphone devices for our technological needs. Many people do not even own a desktop computer anymore. And why should they? When people can access Wi-Fi on the go, thanks to the many free Wi-Fi networks we find along the way, it just seems more convenient to carry a laptop around.
But imagine trying to connect your laptop to a Wi-Fi network in a commercial area. You will get a lot of free (unprotected) Wi-Fi network signals but which one should you connect to? The answer to that would have been simply if Windows provided a signal strength percentage rather than 5 simple bars. But until that functionality is built into Windows, you can easily make the “which Wi-Fi network” decision using a handy utility called “Homedale WLAN Monitor.”
Homedale WLAN Monitor is a free to use desktop application that is compatible with computers which are running Windows operating systems. This application comes in a portable package, sized at only 0.5 MB. Once you uncompress the archive, you need only open the extracted EXE file to run the application.
Provided that your laptop Wi-Fi card is on, the application will automatically fetch information about all of your nearby Wi-Fi networks. Within seconds, you will be able to view all protected and unprotected networks in your vicinity, along with their respected signal strengths. You can choose exactly which details to view about the networks. By right clicking on any column in the shown table, you can view and select which details appear in the main pane.
These details include access point name, its MAC address, vendor information, signal strength in dBm, encryption details, country ID, mode, frequency, band, first seen time, last seen time, bitrates, model, and the adapter which discovered the connection. The strength column should let you know which network will be the best option to connect to.
Other features of the app include providing you with quick information about your wireless adapters. This can be accessed from the app’s “Adapter Overview” tab. Under this tab, you will find IP information and MAC address information listed for each adapter on your computer.
Through the app’s options, users can also opt to have their non-WLAN network adapters shown in the app’s sections.
One thing I could not figure out with the app was its Graph function. On its homepage, we are able to see that the app plots an Access Point Signal Strength graph and can log the results in a file. I, however, was not able to get the graph-plotting to work.
Nonetheless, the application serves its main purpose, even without the graph-plotting feature. It will serve all laptop owners on the go very well.
You can get Homedale WLAN Monitor from here.