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Applications for iOS and OS X that will help you improve your wifi network

Network Multimeter (0,99 euros)

Si lo que queremos es usar nuestro Mac tenemos NetSpot . Con esta aplicación no sólo podremos ver en qué puntos de la casa tenemos mejor señal, gracias a la posibilidad de importar un mapa de nuestra casa podremos dejar que se encargue de realizar las mediciones y determinar el mejor punto para colocar el router. Nosotros sólo tendremos que ir con el portátil (con un iMac, Mac mini o Mac Pro sería complicado) por la casa.

Applications for iOS and OS X that will help you improve your wifi network
Applications for iOS and OS X that will help you improve your wifi network

Wifi networks are great , they offer us comfort by not having to depend on cables and being able to connect mobile devices such as the iPhone or iPad to the internet but they are also, at times, a real headache.

I strongly recommend using the ethernet connection whenever possible. If not through a wired network using PLC, leaving the wifi network only for those devices that do not have an ethernet connection. This is the best way to ensure good performance among other improvements. Of course, most people don’t usually do this and if you have wifi they use wifi. If this is your case and you have some problems such as weak signal or cuts we will see how to improve your wifi network thanks to the use of these apps for iOS and OS X .

A matter of location

In the video above, which is only 10 seconds long, you can see how a router’s wireless signal is spread throughout a home. If you look, being placed in a corner, which is common, at the far end comes a very weak signal. That in a practical case translates into speed losses, signal reduction and their corresponding disconnections or packet losses.

Therefore, the first improvement is to locate either the router or access point . Logic indicates that the center of the home would be the ideal point. If this is not possible, try to ensure that it is at least in a place that allows the signal to reach the areas we live in with sufficient quality. Of course, take into account whether elements such as walls or some furniture could reduce the signal.

How to find the best location

Locating the right point for our router is easy. In iOS we have Network Multimeter , an application that allows us to move around our iPhone in hand and measure the quality of the signal that reaches us. All you need is a map of your home and to write down the values. Then it’s just a matter of moving the router to the position that allows the signal to reach every corner of the house with the highest quality

WiFi Explorer

Cambia de router

Una vez que situas tu router o punto de acceso en una buena ubicación y compruebas que el resto de redes inalámbricas no crean interferencias al usar el mismo canal, si todo sigue igual lo ideal sería cambiar de router . Si además tienes un Mac o dispositivos iOS que aproveche el nuevo estándar 802.11ac más motivos para hacerlo.

Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme y AirPort Express son buenas opciones pero no las únicas . Algunos routers de Asus, Fritz!Box, D-Link o Linksys entre muchos otros fabricantes os darán unos resultados estupendos.

Como bonus extra, si quieres asegurarte que no hay ningún tipo de intruso o usuario no autorizado en tu red echa un vistazo a Fing, una aplicación para iOS que detecta qué dispositivos hay conectados a nuestra red local.

En Apple
If you have a router capable of broadcasting on the 5Ghz frequency you should start using it . Currently, most routers offered by operators only allow you to use the 2.4Ghz band so you will be sure to broadcast on a frequency free of interference, at least not as much.

If, on the other hand, you do not have a router capable of broadcasting at 5Ghz or your equipment does not allow you to connect to these networks, then you have to search for the least used channel. From OS X we can know on which channel each wifi network we detect is broadcasting. We only have to hold down the ALT key while we click on the Airport icon and the network data (security type, channel, transmission speed) will appear.

When the number of networks is not very high it is not a bad solution, if on the contrary they are many a way to accelerate the process is to use these two applications.

For Mac the above mentioned, NetSpot. Another good option is WiFi Explorer , available on the App Store, this app allows you to quickly identify possible conflicts with other network channels, etc. It’s a very useful application although its price may not be interesting for use a couple of times a year at most. A very similar alternative, even in price, is Wifi Scanner.