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Great apps to spot and avoid dead Wi-Fi zones

Great apps to spot and avoid dead Wi-Fi zones
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The joy of Wi-Fi is that you can use your gadgets anywhere in your house. Want to browse the internet on your couch with a tablet? Sure. Want to download the latest recipes on your laptop in the kitchen? Great.

Of course, like any tech, Wi-Fi isn't perfect. You'll often find that there are spots in the house that the Wi-Fi signal doesn't quite reach. Or if it does, you'll see slow load times or the spinning wheel of death. It's more than aggravating, to say the least.

What causes the dead zones? It could be a number of things you can't control - internet thieves, thick plaster walls, metal wiring and metal objects like filing cabinets or washers and dryers, baby monitors and wireless security cameras, the list goes on.

Fortunately, there is something you can control. There are several ways you can eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones in your house. But first, you need to correctly identify these problem areas.

WiFi Analyzer

Wifi Analyzer is a free app that offers a strength chart and updates as you move around your house. You can see where your Wi-Fi signal is strong and where it's weak. It also shows the strengths of other routers and what channels they're using.

If you spot a router on the same channel as yours but stronger, then you have a problem. You can also just flip over to the channel rating screen to see what the app thinks is the best channel for your router.

Click here to get the Wi-Fi Analyzer app now and watch the demonstration below:

Cloudcheck

Find the speed bump in your Wi-Fi connection with the Cloudcheck app. It helps you perform speed tests on your Wi-Fi, cellular and broadband connections.

You can also turn your phone into a "Wi-Fi speed probe" with the Wi-Fi Sweetspot feature (which used to be its own standalone app), and it allows you to walk around your house and find the spot with the highest speed.

With Cloudcheck you can also enable the "smartfi" feature, which optimizes your cloud network to ensure you're getting the speed and performance you're paying for.

Click here to get Cloudcheck for Apple and click here to get Cloudcheck for Android.

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