Network Stumbler (also called NetStumbler) is an essential tool for network administrators and advanced home users to monitor wireless network signal strength. Also, it gives more information about available WiFi networks even without connecting to them. When you implement a wireless network at your office or home, it is very important to check the coverage (or signal strength) at every location where it should be available strongly. Having a free tool which can detect and show the signal strength level as a graph will give more idea about the availability of network. This article explains how to use a free network stumbler for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to check the wireless network signal strength.
The default Windows 8/8.1’s wireless signal strength indicator may not give an accurate indication as it’s having only few bars. My favorite and free network stumbler for Windows 8 and 8.1 is inSSIDer. It’s a great and simple tool which can be used by any users without additional configurations or administrative settings.
Compared to earlier version of inSSIDer which was covered earlier in our best network stumbler for Windows 7 post, the latest version is having more changes and it is very easy to work with it.
As shown below, the default WiFi indicator might not give detailed information of signal strength in every corner of your house or office.
How to Use NetStumbler inSSIDer in Windows 8 & 8.1
1) Download the latest version from official site here.
2) Installation is very easy and straightforward.
3) Once you have opened the program, make sure that your working wireless network adapter is selected.
4) Click on ‘NETWORKS’ to see about wireless networks around your Windows 8 or 8.1 computer.
Below video gives brief details about how to use inSSIDer (from original site). Still you can continue reading further steps to see more screenshots with my explanation.
5) If you have more WiFi networks with different types of configurations, use FILTERS feature to view them easily. The view can be filtered by SSID name, channel, signal strength, security type and 802 standard.
6) You can right click on the viewing panel to get more options to display. For example seeing the vendor of specific WiFi access point would be interesting ( to hack or guess the default password)
7) By default this tool shows both 2.4 and 5 GHz band networks. But if you do not use 5GHz network, you can view only 2.4 GHz band as network graph. So, it will allow you to view in full screen. This can be changed in ‘View’ menu as shown below.
Basically this is a simple, solid and free software you will find to monitor and view the signal strength of WiFi network in Windows 8 and 8.1 computers.
I hope this would be useful, if you find similar or more useful free products, let me know in comments area.