Why use a WIFI Finder ?
Wireless networks have become so popular over the past 24 months that we now simply take them for granted.
This is only to be expected when we look at the multitude of wifi hotspots all over the world.
They can be found everywhere from Offices, Home setups, Schools, plus many more public places, There are even whole towns in Europe which offer free wireless network access.
A Wifi sniffer, finder or wireless network scanner is basically a small box that scans your existing area for wireless network and bleeps or flashes when it finds one.
It’s not surprising that due to the popularity it certainly makes more sense to be able to locate Wireless networks without having to switch on your laptop to check, this is where the Wifi Sniffer or network finder comes in.
You can of course checkout Wifi hotspot locations on the web, but this should only be used as a rough guide as this does not guarantee that the hotspot will be active.
There are many various wireless finders, costing from a few dollars for a basic Wifi sniffer, generally they are all small enough to easily fit in a pocket and as they power up in a few seconds make scanning a synch, rather than having to boot up a laptop.
There are a number of Wifi finders around now that have many more functions than the basic model. Other functions include, a signal strength meter, after all you don’t want to be connecting to networks where the signal is very weak. Network types, will enable you to find unprotected, WEP & WPA types of network. There are even USB network scanners around that also double up as a USB Wifi network card.
A Wifi finder is generally something you never really look for, it’s usually a spur of the moment purchase, as even the higher end models with network type analysis are not expensive, but it’s a purchase you’ll be pleased you’ve made when looking for a wireless network.
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