What are the best WiFi optimizers?

asked by Julie Hudson
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15 solutions
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    #1Wireless Network Watcher

    Wireless Network Watcher

    Wireless Network Watcher is a useful utility that shows computers and other devices on your local network, whether WiFi or Ethernet. Useful for discovering intruders, Wireless Network Watcher also serves to make a quick catalog of your IP addresses.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Zachary Gordon
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "My wireless internet has been performing very poorly lately, and I didn't know why. After researching several products, I decided to try out Wireless Network Watcher. This allowed me to have oversight over all devices connected to my internet, which was helpful. The interface is easy to understand and use."
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    #2inSSIDer Office

    inSSIDer Office

    inSSIDer is a software by MetaGeek that lets you detect the most common WiFi problems. You'll be able to discover if you have inadequate coverage, interference from neighboring networks, and even faulty network configurations.

    Software

    Windows

    $149- $649 (Free trial available)

    Aadhya Verma
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "A simpler, but more in-depth than your computer Wi-Fi error scanner, that is easy for anyone to use and is very useful. Good for if you have multiple Wi-Fi established connections you switch between."
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    #3Wifi Signal Booster + Extender

    Wifi Signal Booster + Extender

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Wifi Signal Booster + Extender helps you speed up your Internet connection by detecting background and system apps that are using the Internet connection so you can turn them off. It also allows you to extend your wireless network.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Ann Johnson
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "Great tool to extend the wifi on my phone. I never knew that apps I wasn't using would impact my wifi speed or signal. This app is easy to use, I'm not great with technology but this does the hard part for me and I get the benefits of better a better wifi connection. "

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the most-used technology otherwise known as Wi-Fi has significantly shown an impact in our everyday lives? Among other things, Wi-Fi was founded in September 1990. It is only a few years before it turns on its 30th year which also shows that it has been the biggest transmitter of communications around the world for garnering 71% of mobile communications users. Before it became known as Wi-Fi, it was named as WaveLAN, FlankSpeed, DragonFly, WECA and IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence. The term Wi-Fi was then invented by the Interbrand. It came from the play words of terms such as “Hi-Fi” or “High Fidelity”. 

Meanwhile, South Korea leads as the fastest user of Wi-Fi with an average internet speed of 26.7Mbps. It was then the Ethernet as "the most commonly used wired network standard", which was invented in the early 1970's by Bob Metcalfe. With the birth of technology, Wi-Fi can now also be connected with devices such as Walking Sticks, Umbrellas, Shirts, Water Bottles, Tails (for festival goers) and Cutlery. We’ve left the really odd items off this list! Today, research has shown that almost 3.7 billion people are using the Internet which reflects over half the world’s population connected to the world wide web including you.

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    #4Who's On My WiFi

    Who's On My WiFi

    Who's On My WiFi shows you all devices on your network over time. With this software, you can find intruders on your wireless network. This software is both available on Windows and Mac. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Andrea Gutierrez
    Written on October 21, 2017
    "I wouldn't recommend Who's On My WiFi for the sole purpose that it's not exactly user friendly, it takes a while to get the hang of. So it wouldn't be good for someone just to jump in and use. I would recommend Acrilic Wifi Home or Vistumbler, both very good programs that are free and are easy to learn."
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    #5OpenSignal

    OpenSignal

    OpenSignal is a signal toolkit that shows you how to get a better network connection, find nearby free Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, view signal maps, test the speed of your mobile or WiFi connection, and more.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Kelly Moore
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I moved outside of town and I needed something to help boost my network as my signal wasn't optimum. I was able to monitor my speeds and where I could get a better signal from inside my house as well as outside. Very nice little tool."
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    #6WiFi Overview 360 Pro

    WiFi Overview 360 Pro

    WiFi Overview 360 Pro is a WiFi scanner that shows all wireless networks in range and lets you manage and optimize your wireless network. It was offered by KAIBITS Software for Android mobile devices.

    Apps

    Android

    $3.49

    Lawrence Black
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "Anytime I can optimize my WiFi is a good thing I try to take advantage off. There are a number of apps that do just that, but after coming across WiFi Overview 360 Pro and its extra features besides just optimizations, I'd say it's one of the apps I would certainly recommend. If you want just something to optimize and is more streamlined, then check other options, but for an all-encompassing WiFi app then check out WiFi Overview 360 Pro."
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    #7Internet Booster & Optimizer

    Internet Booster & Optimizer

    Internet Booster & Optimizer is a tool developed by BoostingTools for Android that provides an enhancer for internet surfing. This app prepares your device for a faster and smoother browsing experience.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Theresa Phillips
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is the one internet booster that works. I tried others and they failed to deliver. With this one my internet signal increases every where I have tried it. "
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    #8NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender

    NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender

    The NETGEAR AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender boosts your existing home network by increasing Wi-Fi range and speed, delivering AC750 dual band Wi-Fi up to 750Mbps. Supports new 802.11ac & b/g/n WiFi devices, external antennas for better performance, convenient wall-plug design and it works with any WiFi router.

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    Brenda Morales
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender really does work. It will extend your wifi range to any room you can't get a good signal in. I used it in a backroom and the signal ended up being way stronger. I highly recommend it!"
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    #9SoftPerfect WiFi Guard

    SoftPerfect WiFi Guard

    Wifi Guard is a specialized network scanner for keeping your WiFi secure. It runs through your network at set intervals and reports immediately if it has found any new connected devices that could possibly belong to an intruder.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $19- Varies by plan

    Paul Riley
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "We all know that if we're connected to the internet, keeping our doors locked is only one of the ways in which we must keep ourselves secure. Home intruders must be kept at bay, but we must not forget that our computers must be kept safe as well! This WiFi Guard is indispensable in that regard, and it's easy to use. So far, it's working great. I can't see myself without it now that I've started using it."
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    #10D-Link AC1750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

    D-Link AC1750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

    The DAP-1720 AC1750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender will extend the range of you existing WiFi network and eliminate dead zones. With a Performance Powerful AC1750 performance with speeds Up to 450Mbps (2.4GHz) 1300Mbps (5GHz), the DAP-17200 will let you enjoy a fast wireless connection. Featuring a 3x3 antenna configuration, the DAP-1720 offers better data rates, fewer dead-spots, more coverage, and increased reliability. It is ideal for multiple devices, 4K streaming, and online gaming.

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    Cynthia Turner
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "I was looking for a good WiFi optimizer. I found the D-Link AC1750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender to be really good at spreading my range of wifi around my house. It was a great deal."
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    #11NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Desktop WiFi Range Extender

    NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Desktop WiFi Range Extender

    The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender boosts your existing network range, delivering extreme dual band WiFi up to 1900Mbps. The 700mW high-powered amplifiers provide extreme range, while the dual-core 1GHz processor enables maximum WiFi performance. It works with any standard WiFi router & is ideal for HD video streaming & gaming. Get the whole-home connectivity you need for iPads, smartphones, laptops & more.

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    Jaime Vázquez
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "I turned the attic in my house into an office space for the kids to do homework and the NETGEAR Nighthawk WiFi Range Extender made the space usable. It was a little on the expensive side but it provides the performance we need. It was super easy to set up as well."
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    #12NETGEAR EX6200 Wi-Fi Range Extender (AC1200)

    NETGEAR EX6200 Wi-Fi Range Extender (AC1200)

    NETGEAR AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender boosts your existing network range, delivering AC dual band WiFi up to 1200 Mbps. The 700mW high-power design provides ultimate range, while the quad core processor enables maximum WiFi performance. It works with any standard WiFi router and is ideal for very large homes and frustration free HD video streaming and gaming.

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    Liu Gao
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "I have had problems with Wi-Fi connectivity on my Wi-Fi network. I have become looking for ways to maximize my WiFi connection. The very best I have used so far is the Netgear EX6200 Wi-Fi Range Extender (AC1200)"
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    #13NetSpot

    NetSpot

    NetSpot is a software which can be used for wireless site surveys, analyzing WiFi performance, and more. It can also be used to improve users' WiFi network at home or at work. A free version is available called NetSpot FREE edition.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Hans Fisher
    Written on June 26, 2018
    "NetSpot is a good solution for WiFi analysis and troubleshooting. You can fix channel overlap (and it's free) and also solve the issues in your scanned area with the help of heatmaps and a troubleshooting mode."
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    #14TP-Link AC2600 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

    TP-Link AC2600 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

    AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender contains a powerful quad-antenna to improve and extend high-performance Wi-Fi across your home to remove dead zones, dropouts and spotty signal with the RE650 Wi-Fi Range Extender. With a 4-Stream AC2600 Dual Band Wi-Fi for 4K movies and gaming in any room without lag. MU-MIMO technology allows simultaneous connections and faster. 

    The Intelligent Processing Engine seamlessly manages each Wi-Fi band and every connection while four powerful antennas boost Wi-Fi coverage across your home.


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    Jacob Contreras
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "The AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender is a powerful external antenna extender which can improve both wifi performance and range. TP-Link is a proven name in routers and the AC2600 is a solid choice. "
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    #15WiFi Thief Detector

    WiFi Thief Detector

    WiFi Thief Detector is a Wifi Blocker tool for knowing everything about your wifi, the app helps you to detect which device is connected to your router with IP, MAC ID and vendor listing and how can you block the thief.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Larry Edwards
    Written on January 7, 2018
    "This app may not be exactly what I want with this search, as it doesn't seem to directly optimize wifi settings. It does allow you to better manage wifi by checking its security though, which is a related feature."

Summary

Best What are the best WiFi optimizers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Wireless Network WatcherSoftware 102 Free
2inSSIDer OfficeSoftware 70 Paid
3Wifi Signal Booster + ExtenderApps 68 Free
4Who's On My WiFiSoftware 63 Free
5OpenSignalApps 47 Free
6WiFi Overview 360 ProApps 42 Paid
7Internet Booster & OptimizerApps 40 Free
8NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range ExtenderElectronics 39 Paid
9SoftPerfect WiFi GuardSoftware 36 Paid
10D-Link AC1750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range ExtenderElectronics 34 Paid
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