Why Measure WiFi Strength and What WiFi Signal Strength Meter Apps Do?
Why download a dedicated WiFi strength meter when you can see how strong your WiFi connection is just by looking at the WiFi indicator icon in the taskbar? Because the WiFi indicator icon doesn’t tell you the full story.
When you set up a wireless network, the coverage is seldom even. Various obstacles, such as furniture and walls, weaken the signal as it passes through them, and so does interference caused by other wireless networks nearby. WiFi signal also gets progressively weaker the farther away it travels from the source (i.e., your router).
Only when you have a reasonably strong signal can you enjoy fast download speeds
, lag-free Skype conversations, and web browsing without constant waiting for pages to load. To have a strong signal everywhere you need, it’s critical to choose an optimal place for the router and configure it in a way that will give the best results.
But selecting a good place for a router and configuring its settings is impossible without access to the right information. Namely, a visual map of the router’s wireless coverage and information about other WiFi networks in the area.
WiFi signal strength meter apps detect and analyze wireless networks, displaying information about their configuration and security, and some can also visualize the signal strength of wireless networks as convenient heatmaps, helping you decide where it would be best to place your router.