It’s infuriating when you can’t enjoy optimal access to the internet due to weak or fluctuating Wi-Fi signal strengths, especially if the Wi-Fi is free. These annoying moments often occur when least expected, for instance when downloading new Apps, emailing your resumé, posting on your blog or even adding a good day’s snaps on Instagram. Developed by Kallaxa for Apple’s Mac OS X 10.7 and later versions, Wifinder is a GPS-supported networking App that scans and maps out Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity. The App then provides a comprehensive overview of the available networks and lets you know whether they’re closed or opened.
Content and Features
WiFinder incorporates a wide array of network features designed to keep users online. In addition to versatile support for modern Wi-Fi networks, like 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, the App is also compatible with upcoming Wi-Fi networks. Whether you are on a home-based network or need to use a public Wi-Fi network, the App uses state-of-the art GPS technology to scan and map Wi-Fi signals with the best signal strengths within your range and display comprehensive search results that include the total number of available networks as well as new networks. The scan results also show each network’s name (SSID), signal strength (as a percentage) as well as its best signal altitude, longitude and latitude respectively.
For home-based Wi-Fi network users, the App uses a graph as an analytical tool to show signal strength and possible network interference (often referred to as noise) over time spent on a particular Wi-Fi network. Consequently, the graph can then be used to optimize and troubleshoot home networks. Other commendable features of WiFinder include enterprise support and compatibility with WPA networks, integration with Mac OS X’s Notification Center, a keychain system to save network passwords and a creative speech alert for new networks. WiFinder’s users can also share network scan results or choose to save them for future access.
Design and Appearance
The App’s automatic network location update makes it easier for Wi-Fi users who are on the move, as it automatically searches and connects its users to available networks within their vicinity. WiFinder is also designed to provide detailed network statistics to users, including the number of the busiest 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels. With its GPS map, action icons and graphs the overall appearance of WiFinder is simplistic. For instance, the GPS maps use green and red dots to show open and closed networks respectively.
* Efficient GPS-based network location and mapping
* Full Wi-Fi Support
* Comprehensive Network Scan Results
* Integrated with Mac OS X’s Notification Center
* Simple User Interface
*Automatic Network Connectivity
The Not So Good:
* Limited Compatibility (Mac OS X devices only)
WiFinder is a brilliant networking App that enables you to effortlessly gain access to public hot spots, optimize your home network and choose the best Wi-Fi networks without the usual hassle associated with internet connectivity. You can download WiFinder 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 or later versions for a free 15-day trial or alternatively purchase it from here for a limited time and special introductory price of only $9.
The AppleGoogle Rating — 4.5/5