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    • firefox1956
    • By firefox1956 10th Mar 17, 8:20 AM
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    Find WiFi Channels In Use Local To Me
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:20 AM
    Find WiFi Channels In Use Local To Me 10th Mar 17 at 8:20 AM
    How can I find wifi channels in use local to my computer ??
    Simply..........please.
    TIA
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 10th Mar 17, 8:30 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:30 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:30 AM
    InSSIDer (or a similar programme).
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    • firefox1956
    • By firefox1956 10th Mar 17, 8:40 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:40 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:40 AM
    Sorry I should have used the magic word 'Free'.
    InSSIDer is not & I cant find any others like it that are free to use.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 10th Mar 17, 8:47 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:47 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:47 AM
    You could always download an earlier version. (Click the Windows link rather than the Download button).

    I think they started charging from version 4.

    Or ... Google it
    Last edited by DoaM; 10-03-2017 at 8:51 AM.
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    • fenlander_uk
    • By fenlander_uk 10th Mar 17, 8:53 AM
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    • #5
    • 10th Mar 17, 8:53 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:53 AM
    Earlier versions were better anyway. You could also try WiFi analyser on Android.
    • firefox1956
    • By firefox1956 10th Mar 17, 8:58 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:58 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:58 AM
    Most obliged to your both.........
    • johndough
    • By johndough 10th Mar 17, 9:34 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 9:34 AM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 9:34 AM
    Hi

    Microsoft Network Monitor
    inSSIDer
    TamoSoft Throughput Tester
    Angry IP Scanner
    NetStumbler
    LizardSystems Wi-Fi Scanner
    .
    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 10th Mar 17, 12:02 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:02 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:02 PM
    I use Acrylic WiFi Home - the free version...
    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 10th Mar 17, 12:31 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:31 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:31 PM
    you could always use command prompt as admin and run

    netsh wlan show networks mode=bssid

    no need for downloads
    • paddyrg
    • By paddyrg 10th Mar 17, 3:19 PM
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    You ask about wifi channels, the answer is that 1, 6 and 11 will all be heavily used because they barely collide with one another, the others will be basically empty.

    On your phone you can install Wifi Analyser and basically sniff what's around
    • Lumstorm
    • By Lumstorm 11th Mar 17, 1:44 PM
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    You ask about wifi channels, the answer is that 1, 6 and 11 will all be heavily used because they barely collide with one another, the others will be basically empty.

    On your phone you can install Wifi Analyser and basically sniff what's around
    Originally posted by paddyrg
    Yes but you want the least used out of 1,6 and 11 they are used because they don't overlap if you use an empty channel such as 9 then your getting interference from everybody that is on channel 6 and 11.
    • paddyrg
    • By paddyrg 11th Mar 17, 9:08 PM
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    Yes but you want the least used out of 1,6 and 11 they are used because they don't overlap if you use an empty channel such as 9 then your getting interference from everybody that is on channel 6 and 11.
    Originally posted by Lumstorm
    Yes indeed, that's what i was implying but apparently not terribly clearly! Pretty much all kit will pick from 1,6,11 to find which has the lowest contention, which means they all tend to be highly contended!
    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 12th Mar 17, 10:15 AM
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    You could be sneaky and use channel 13, which impacts only somewhat on channel 11...
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 12th Mar 17, 10:55 AM
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    Nothing wrong with using 13.

    The 1, 6, 11 thing came from the US who only have 1 - 11 to play with. They had never heard of 13.
    • were
    • By were 12th Mar 17, 11:47 AM
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    Just want to add the obvious, which may not be obvious to some.

    Theses analyzers only detect wifi recognised packets.

    IF you have other devices that use this frequency they can and possibly will block out the channels, but the channels will look empty to analyzers.

    Old microwave ovens which are slightly out of tune can do this. My ex wireless usb mouse now in my cupboard made my wifi life hell. Also some baby monitors, doorbells, and other wireless stuff etc may also use this frequency.

    They are devices to check for this but the cheapest i have found is about £180
    Last edited by were; 12-03-2017 at 5:38 PM.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 12th Mar 17, 2:40 PM
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    One thing to bear in mind about channel 13 ... if you're using a device that only complies with US/FCC WiFi implementation then you'll never see channel 13.

    I know from experience ... my old work Dell laptop only saw channels 1-11.
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