WifiChannelMonitor: Get Detailed Info About Access Points & Connected Devices

If you’ve ever accessed your Wi-Fi router’s settings page, you’ve probably seen the word ‘Channel’ there. Most of the time, we just connect the router and it automatically has the right channel selected for us. In some cases, the Wi-Fi connection is quite fast, but the selected channel makes it super slower due to a number of reasons. And while there are multiple ways to increase internet speed, one of the easiest one is to switch the default Wi-Fi channel to one that is less congested. But how do you find which channel would have the least amount of traffic? This is where NirSoft’s new tool WifiChannelMonitor comes to the rescue. This no-frills utility uses Microsoft Network Monitor capture driver in monitor mode, and displays real time information about the access points and the Wi-Fi devices connected to them.Read More

View Passwords For WiFi Networks Saved On Your iPhone With NetworkList

It is not the easiest of tasks to remember passwords for all the WiFi networks you use regularly. On most devices, once a password is entered for a hotspot, you can forget all about it as next time the device connects to it automatically. When you switch to a new device though, or have to tell the network’s password to a friend, things can get really tricky if you don't remember it. On desktop computers and even Android devices, there are ways of viewing saved passwords for authorized networks without too much fuss. In the past, we have seen tools like SterJo that are capable of listing passwords for all recognized networks on your desktop within a few seconds. If you are using an iOS device, though, there has never been any easy way of viewing old passwords for WiFi networks. However, jailbreak users can finally enjoy a solution to this problem, thanks to the newly released NetworkList tweak, which adds a list of all your saved WiFi passwords to the WiFi section of the Settings app.Read More

View Stored WiFi Access Point Keys With SterJo Wireless Passwords

I get a lot of emails from our readers asking me if there is a way to recover a lost or forgotten Wi-Fi password from their PC. There’s quite a simple solution for that, actually. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 can easily reveal a stored Wi-Fi password under the Security tab of Wireless Network Properties sheet. Some passwords are easy to remember, especially if based on some commonly used term, but others can be hard to keep in your memory, particularly the ones comprising of some jumbled up alphanumeric characters. If you have multiple wireless connections in your household or office, the issue at hand can be even more problematic. This is where SterJo Wireless Passwords comes to the rescue. This simple-looking lightweight tool can reveal any stored Wi-Fi password and network related information.Read More

Use Your Windows 8 PC As A WiFi Hotspot With Virtual Router Plus

Internet usage was completely changed with the invention of WiFi, allowing people to get rid of all those wires. Every device that requires or offers internet connectivity, including your laptop, smartphone and even television sets, has the WiFi option these days. WiFi allows you to get instant access to the internet wherever there is hotspot available, however, as a WiFi router has limited range, sometimes it can be hard to place a router in the right place where all devices can receive its signals. If you are connected to the computer through an Ethernet cable, you can use internet on your PC, but not on your smartphone. Virtual hotspot applications allow you to use a WiFi hotspot by projecting the internet from our LAN connection through your computer's wireless adapter, effectively turning it into a WiFi router. Today we have an open source application for Windows called Virtual Router Plus that allows you to do the same, allowing you to easily share internet with all of your devices. The app supports Windows 8 and lets you share all types of internet connections, including WiFi, LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular etc. Keep reading past the jump for further details.Read More

How To Create Wireless Ad Hoc Internet Connection In Windows 8 [Tip]

Apart from Start Orb and classic Start Menu, what most Windows 7 users, who decided to take Windows 8 for a spin, miss in Windows 8 is ability to create ad-hoc network. If you’re a power users, you might’ve noticed that Windows 8 doesn’t include an option to create and setup ad hoc network connection to share files and internet with Wi-Fi enabled computers and devices. Windows 7 ad hoc connection feature does nothing except creating a shared connection with separate IP address to register the device on the virtual network. This allows users to use router’s default or specified DNS server address to easily connect to internet. Even though Windows 8 comes with ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) feature to allow devices  to connect to yours PC internet connection, it doesn’t allow creating a wireless network connection to share the internet. In this post, we will look at some tools that let you easily create and manage ad-hoc connections in Windows 8. Read More

MyPublicWiFi Creates WiFi Hotspot With Firewall & URL Logging

Normally, wireless internet connections can be easily shared using ICS (Windows' own Internet Connection Sharing), or by making an Ad-hoc network connection.  While you can use a Wi-Fi router for connecting an Android or Symbian phone to the internet, your router might not be able to support too many devices. In such a case, one can create a Wi-Fi hotspot with the help of applications like MaryFi. However, MaryFi is restricted to merely creating a Wi-Fi hotspot, and does not provide options to use a firewall for securing the network. MyPublicWiFi is an application for creating a free Wi-Fi hotspot that turns your computer into a wireless router with Firewall and URL tracking functionality. This can be useful for setting up a secure Wireless Access Point, with MyPublicWiFi’s firewall protection to restrict user access to specific servers. Using the firewall, you can also restrict certain types of services, which you may not want the shared users to access.Read More