A Wi-Fi finder is a software application capable of identifying and analyzing WiFi networks, which are based on the IEEE 802.11 standards.
In response to the massive growth of smartphone users, and the steadily increasing popularity of smart home appliances and wearable devices, businesses and home users alike have set up a large number of internet hotspots, places where WiFi connectivity is available.
Wi-Fi finder applications identify available Wi-Fi networks and gather as much information about them as possible. The collected information includes name, security, channel, band, vendor, signal strength, and more. Of course, not all WiFi finder applications gather the same information, but even free WiFi finders are able to provide you with a very comprehensive overview of WiFi activity in your vicinity.
There are also Wi-Fi finder applications, such as NetSpot, capable of conducting Wi-Fi surveys. Instead of taking only a single snapshot of Wi-Fi activity at one place and one point in time, NetSpot and other Wi-Fi survey applications like it collect Wi-Fi data from different places and visualize the data on a map. Wi-Fi survey applications are useful for optimizing Wi-Fi coverage and eliminating deadspots, which are areas of signal weakness.
The best Wi-Fi finder applications combine ease of use with powerful features and an attractive price. We have selected several such applications and listed them below.