How APP’t - Mobile device application for analysing Wi-Fi

Nowadays, your mobile phone isn't just a gadget used for communication, it has become a tool that any professional can't do without. With the app markets constantly increasing and improving their offerings, some of the most impressive pieces of software are being developed, and they’re literally at out fingertips, often for free!

I wanted to share a few of those that Im particularly impressed by; some 'tools of the trade'. Don't worry, I've left off 'Flappy Bird' and 'Candy Crush'!

inSSIDer – MetaGeek LLC

MetaGeek has re-imagined inSSIDer to help you choose the best channel for your wireless network giving every user on the wireless network better performance. inSSIDer for Android logs channel data for every room in a building to statistically determine the best channel for wireless network performance.

inSSIDer considers each of the following factors to rate which channel is the best for your wireless network.

  • Number of networks on the same channel
  • Number of networks on overlapping channels
  • Percentage of overlap
  • Signal Strength of all competing wireless networks
  • Time

It might not revolutionise the world of WiFi, but its definitely a handy tool to have in your pocket!

ZoneDirector Remote Control – Ruckus Wireless, Inc.

Ruckus Wireless's new Zone Director (ZD) Remote Control was announced only a couple of weeks ago; aims to simplify remote administration of Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi networks.

Ruckus already offers a selection of mobile tools for WLAN management, including apps for Wi-Fi assessment, validation, and performance testing. Within the vendor's mobile app suite, ZD Remote Control replaces Ruckus's previous ZD Remote app.

According to a Ruckus Wireless statement, ZD Remote Control liberates WLAN administrators to perform many everyday tasks from their mobile devices, such as configure and edit Bonjour rules; configure and deploy new access points (APs) and WLANs; view client devices on the wireless network; and block client device access. The configurable dashboard provides a unified view of a network, access point (AP), and controller status and activity and provides custom widgets and real-time Ruckus Smart WLAN monitoring capabilities.

ZD Remote Control is available for free on the Apple App Store, with Android versions planned for 2014. Ruckus plans to add capabilities to future versions of ZD Remote Control, like the ability to generate Guest Passes and push them out to customers via either email or SMS, plus the ability to view the Spectrum for a 2.4 or 5 GHz radio on any Ruckus ZoneFlex AP.

Ruckus SpeedFlex – Ruckus Wireless, Inc

How often have you wondered whether your network is performing as it should? The Ruckus Speedflex is a testing tool, based on the open source performance test tool, SpeedFlex. It allows you connect to a SpeedFlex server, such as a Ruckus ZoneFlex Access Point or ZoneDirector, and capture real time throughput, packet loss, and site data. The data can then be sent in an email in PDF format, detailing where the test was conducted, and deliver that to the relevant party.

So with the App markets becoming increasingly competitive, and our mobile devices being more capable, the sky really is the limit. It's definitely a case of 'watch this space'!