I can't stress how important it is to stay on top of your home's Wi-Fi connection. If it's not secure, thieves can use it to walk right in your digital front door and steal your information. Turning on encryption on your router is a good start, but there's even more you can do to make sure your Wi-Fi is safe and working right.
That's why a Wi-Fi network diagnostic tool is a must-have. It gives you all the information you need to know about the health of your network.
And, your security isn't the only thing this tool can help you with. It's also a great way to make keep track of your kid's gadget use and make sure your network is operating as efficiently as possible.
The big problem with network diagnostic tools is they can seem overwhelming because they provide you with so much information. But, as long as you know what you're looking for, they're the perfect tool for anyone with a Wi-Fi connection.
There's a great diagnostic tool for iPhones and iPads called Network Analyzer that provides everything you need. Android users can download a similar app called Fing that makes it easy to keep an eye on your network.
Network Analyzer has a great Wi-Fi Lan Scanner that you can use to determine what gadgets are connected to your network. This is an amazing safety tool because it makes it easy to see if a neighbor is poaching your internet connection or if something even more suspect is going on.
If you locate a gadget that shouldn't be there, you need to take immediate action because it means your password could be compromised. It could be a criminal using your Wi-Fi network to break into your computers and gadgets. Make sure to change the encryption password on your Wi-Fi router immediately.
It will even give you information about the gadgets on your network, like vendor name and IP addresses. Fing has a similar feature for Android users.
Network Analyzer also lets you see if your Wi-Fi network is up to snuff. You can use the network speed tools to determine your upload and download speeds. If you find out you're getting slower speeds than you're paying for, you can call your service provider and ask them to fix the problem.