How to Use inSSIDer 4 to Improve Your Wi-Fi Network
inSSIDer 4 is a great Wi-Fi discovery tool that will give you the information you need to make an informed decision about the proper channel for your wireless network. When you can see how your network is affected by co-channel and overlapping networks, it becomes more clear how choosing the right channel is the first step in alleviating Wi-Fi interference and improving performance.
In this article, we will show you how to use inSSIDer 4 to scan your Wi-Fi environment, analyze your network configuration, and find the best channel for your access point. We will also show you how to check your network security and monitor your signal strength over time.
Scan Your Wi-Fi Environment
After downloading and installing inSSIDer 4 from MetaGeek's website, launch the application and select your Wi-Fi adapter from the drop-down menu. You will see a list of all the Wi-Fi networks that are detected by your adapter, along with their essential details such as SSID, MAC address, channel, signal strength, security, and more.
You can group the networks by physical or logical mode. Physical mode shows you all the virtual SSIDs on the same radio, while logical mode shows you all the access points with the same SSID as one network. You can switch between these modes by clicking on the physical/logical buttons at the top right corner of the screen.
You can also filter the networks by band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz), SSID, security type, or signal strength. You can use these filters to narrow down your search and focus on the networks that are relevant to you.
Analyze Your Network Configuration
Once you have scanned your Wi-Fi environment, you can select your network from the list and open the network details pane. This pane shows you more information about your network, such as:
Network Signal - The current signal strength of your network in dBm.
Channel - The current channel of your access point.
Recommended - The channel that inSSIDer recommends you move your access point to for best performance.
Strongest Overlapping Network - The loudest network that is on an adjacent channel.
Strongest Co-Channel Network - The loudest network that is sharing the same channel as you.
You can also see a graph of your network signal over time (blue), as well as the signal strength of the strongest overlapping network (red), and the strongest co-channel network (yellow). This graph helps you visualize how your network is impacted by interference and congestion.
The recommended channel is based on a number of factors, such as signal strength, channel width, Wi-Fi generation, data rate, and security. inSSIDer analyzes these factors and suggests the best channel for your network based on its algorithm. You can learn more about how inSSIDer calculates the recommended channel here.
Find the Best Channel for Your Access Point
If you want to change your access point's channel to match the recommended channel from inSSIDer, you will need to log into your router's web interface and make the change manually. The exact steps may vary depending on your router model and firmware, but generally you will need to:
Find your router's IP address. You can usually find it on a sticker on the router itself, or by typing ipconfig in a command prompt window and looking for the default gateway address.
Type your router's IP address into a web browser and enter your username and password. If you don't know them, you can try using the default ones or look them up online.
Navigate to the wireless settings section and look for the channel option. You may need to switch to advanced or manual mode to see it.
Select the recommended channel from inSSIDer and save your changes. You aa16f39245