My "Go To" Wi-Fi Tools

An alphabetical list of tools I use on a regular basis for troubleshooting, surveying, & designing wireless networks. The ones with a ★ I use almost everyday. For an even BIGGER (though NOT exhaustive) list see- http://badfi.com/toolroll/
  1. AirMagnet Wi-Fi Analayzer for Windows
  2. AirMagnet Spectrum XT for Windows
  3. AirTool for Mac
    system menu bar application that provides basic functions to check the state and channel configuration of the built-in Wi-Fi adapter, as well as to perform frame captures on single and multiple channels... http://www.adriangranados.com/apps/airtool
  4. Apple Airport Utility for iOS
  5. Apple 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display ★
    THE MACHINE TO HAVE.
  6. Aruba Utilities for Android
    Aruba Utilities includes a number of tools useful for characterizing and troubleshooting wireless LANs from Aruba Networks. Some tools work with any WLAN, others fetch data from Aruba’s controllers, Airwave management system and location engine... https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arubanetworks.arubautilities&hl=en
  7. Ekahau Site Survey for Windows ★
    User for all WLAN designs and surveys... http://www.ekahau.com/wifidesign/ekahau-site-survey
  8. Google Earth
    Use for determining distances, and sometimes to scale customer floor plans that have no scale... https://www.google.com/earth/
  9. NetScout LinkSprinter
    Cable tester. Because sometimes the WiFi is not the problem. Also, you should validate each cable before you plug in each access point. http://www.amazon.com/Fluke-Networks-LinkSprinter-Distance-Indication/dp/B00UD6G2OY/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1453266629&sr=8-15&keywords=cable+tester&refinements=p_89%3AFluke+Networks
  10. NetScout AirCheck G2 (and G1)
    Hand-held Handheld Wireless Network Tester. First thing I pull out when troubleshooting, or assisting a WLAN... http://enterprise.netscout.com/aircheck-g2-demo
  11. Savvius OmniPeek Network Analyzer for Windows
    Packet-level analysis, trendlines, dashboards, search tools, filters—OmniPeek has all these features... http://www.wildpackets.com/products/omnipeek_network_analyzer/wireless_network_analysis
  12. Wi-Fi Explorer for Mac ★
    Utility for scanning, monitoring, & troubleshooting WLANs. Gathee configuration & capability information about all the networks it discovers and presents it on an easy-to-use, intuitive user interface. Information includes network name (SSID), BSSID, vendor, channel, band, security configuration, supported data rates, and much more. It supports 802.11b/g/n networks in the 2.4 GHz frequency band, as well as 802.11a/n/ac in the 5 GHz frequency band... http://www.adriangranados.com
  13. Wi-Fi Signal for Mac ★
    WiFi Signal is a system menu bar application that provides easy access to your Wi-Fi connection details, monitors the signal quality of your wireless network, and can find and recommend alternative channels for your network thus avoiding signal overlapping and channel conflicts that can result in connectivity issues and performance degradation... http://www.adriangranados.com/apps/wifi-signal
  14. Wireshark
    Free, open-source packet analyzer used for network troubleshooting, analysis. The most famous packet analyzer of all... https://www.wireshark.org/
  15. WLP Custom Survey Tray
    TRUST me, your arms and back will thank you! https://wlpstore.com/product/wlp-custom-tray-large/