It’s been a long time since I post anything and my writing skills have become rusty. Anyway, below is a collection of free wifi software to do just about anything wirelessly from your own computer. Most of the tools listed are useful for home users while some are better suited for advanced wireless networking users. Enjoy!
Free Wireless Survey Tools / Wireless Discovery Tools
You can use your Windows to scan for free WiFi hotspots, or you can use any of these apps. Most will provide better details about WiFi signals located near you. These softwares are also useful for troubleshooting low Wi-Fi signals by providing visual representation of your Wi-Fi networks.
8. WiFi Hopper
10. WiFi SIStr
WiFi Vulnerability Assessment Tool
13. BackTrack 5
A live Linux based distibution, BackTrack is free WiFi software that is popular among enthusiasts because it offers huge amount of tools to perform security assessments of your Wi-Fi network.
AirSnare monitors network traffic for unfriendly MAC addresses and alerts you when a MAC address is found that isn’t on the friendly list. AirSnare also monitor DHCP requests from clients.
Other Useful Wi-Fi Tools
15. Wireless KeyView
WirelessKeyView recovers all wireless network security keys/passwords (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer. You can save all the keys for the future; just in case if your computer encounters any problems. Never lose the important keys again!
Use VirtualRouter to allow other computers to connect to your computer via Wi-Fi and share your Internet connection. Makes your computer works like an access point.
Another tool to turn your Windows 7 computer as a virtual router, just like VirtualRouter above.
Easily setup a paid Wi-Fi access using your home wireless router with ZoneRider.
Slow Wi-Fi connection? UseTamoSoft Throughput Test to test the performance of your wireless or wired network.
This freeware scans your wireless network and displays the list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network.
Create better, secure encryption keys for use in your Wi-Fi router with this program.
Test the performance of your Wi-Fi network with NetStress.
For PC, Android and iPhone users, HotSpotShield secure your browsing experience with HTTPS encryption.
There you go, 20+ fantastic, free wifi tools to satisfy all of your wireless networking needs. Let me know if I am missing some popular tools; so I can expand the post!