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10 Free and Low-Cost Mobile Wireless Tools

There's no replacing meaty, licensed tools for wireless network support. But a growing number of free and low-cost apps are available when all you have is a smartphone or tablet at hand. Most of the gems live in the Android space, so you iOS developers need to get to work.
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App: WiFi Stumbler

Publisher: Meraki

Cost: Free

Meraki's WiFi Stumbler is another Android-only WLAN utility, and it's been around awhile. Its functionality is limited to the 2.4 GHz spectrum, but the app is peppy and well laid out. You can easily e-mail network scans for later analysis. Details include channel, signal strength, and security used per WLAN. This app is due for a refresh to include 5 GHz, but whether Cisco (which recently purchased Meraki) will choose to bother with it remains to be seen.

 

Lee is a Network Engineer and Wireless Technical Lead for a large private university. He also teaches classes on networking, wireless network administrtaion, and wireless security. Lee's technical background includes 10 years in the US Air Force as an Electronc Warfare ... View Full Bio

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