Wireless networks are valued by end users for their convenience and ease-of-use. But behind every seamlessly operating wireless network out there in the enterprise, there is likely more than one networking guru who has pulled their hair out ensuring the WLAN simply works.
If you're looking for ways to streamline your WiFi operations, we've got 10 tools that help track down channel conflicts, find rogue WLANs, perform network diagnostics, and more. These WiFi troubleshooting tools and utilities are designed to help make the process of WLAN management easier for the IT staff charged with keeping wireless users happy and productive.
Most IT pros are familiar with the classic free NetStumbler utility, which can be used to detect 802.11 a/b/g WLANs and can help in the verification of configuration and identifying weak signals within a wireless network. While other tools have refined the discovery process, NetStumbler still remains a valid option for network administrators. But there are a lot of other WiFi troubleshooting tools out there worth checking out, and some -- like NetStumbler -- are even free.
Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading. View Full Bio