Wi-fi Scanner Tool

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What is the Wi-Fi Scanner tool?

The Wi-Fi scan is a tool that scans nearby Wireless Access Points to troubleshoot and improve your AP (Access Point) coverage.

Access Point

An Access Point is a device that creates a wireless local area network (WLAN). An access point connects to a wired router, switch, or hub via an Ethernet cable, and projects a Wi-Fi signal to a specific area. Every router has multiple network interface cards which is why routers can provide multiple frequencies (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz). These are different access points which have their own MAC address (BSSID).

Fing continuously scans nearby Wireless Access Points to troubleshoot and improve your AP coverage. We have also added a Wireless Spectrum Heatmap so users can select the correct channel for their access point.

How to use the Wi-Fi Scanner tool

  • Open Fing Desktop
  • Click the Tools tab in the left sidebar
  • Click the Wi-Fi Scanner widget

The tool will scan your access points and neighbouring access points in range. A list of access points will appear.

The Wi-Fi Scanner tool helps you select the correct channel for your access points, so they do not create any conflict with neighbouring access points running on the same channel. Free channels have a green icon beside them and channels in use use by neighbours have an orange icon beside them.

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How to manually scan your network

Fing Mobile App

  • From Overview, click the Devices widget
  • Click the Refresh button at the top right of the page

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Fing Desktop

  • From Overview, click the Devices widget or the Devices tab in the left sidebar
  • Click the Refresh button at the top right of the page

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Automatic Network Monitoring

  • Free Fing App: The Fing App refreshes the network discovery automatically every 60 minutes
  • Fing Starter: The Fing App refreshes the network discovery automatically every 30 minutes
  • Fing Premium: The Fing App refreshes the network discovery automatically every 5 minutes
  • Fingbox: Fingbox is the hardware add-on for your Fing App. The Fingbox remains on your home network and monitors it 24/7. You can scan your home network from anywhere in the world.

Network scans: Videos

Operating System compatibility

Wifi scanner tool will be no longer available on Desktop app for macOS version equal or greater to Sonoma 14.4 (23E214) Darwin version 23.4.0. 

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