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How to Mannage Active Wi-Fi Connections?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Is There A Program to View Active Wi-Fi Access Points?


    Hello,

    I have Windows 8.1 and I want to know if there's a program that lists active Wi-Fi Access Points (APs) and let's You connect/disconnect to/from them. I know that this functionality is built in to the OS, but I don't like the interface of the Wi-Fi connections. For example, when there are many APs, the list is constantly changing and it's hard to select the AP You want to connect to... It's a bit frustrating really...

    So, does anyone know a good program that let's You monitor active APs and let's You connect/disconnect to/from them?

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    Linux Mint 17.2


    It depends on the chipset for the Wireless card. Intel offers Proset tools for their chipsets. Really with Windows Wireless Zero Config. You are probably going to have the best available.

    As for monitoring active Access Points around you. inSSIDer is still the best out there. Netstumbler has become a really bad product now days. It does not work with very many chipsets. Also not much has been put into updating it.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Yes, exactly. But It seems that WiFi Hopper doesn't work on Windows 8.1. At least for me... Any solutions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kakadas View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Yes, exactly. But It seems that WiFi Hopper doesn't work on Windows 8.1. At least for me... Any solutions?
    Works for me but I have an older USB WiFi dongle and TP Link WR722n. InSSIDer and stuff like that only show data on APs but cannot change connection to strongest signal. I too, think that Win8 does that job pretty good, sometimes even too good and will not let me connect to some weak ones.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kakadas View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Yes, exactly. But It seems that WiFi Hopper doesn't work on Windows 8.1. At least for me... Any solutions?
    Works for me but I have an older USB WiFi dongle and TP Link WR722n. InSSIDer and stuff like that only show data on APs but cannot change connection to strongest signal. I too, think that Win8 does that job pretty good, sometimes even too good and will not let me connect to some weak ones.
    Exactly, I need the program to connect to the weak APs. The problem I run into is with the drivers of my WiFi card. I don't have a USB WiFi dongle so I have no alternative....

    Well that's a shame then. Why are there so few programs like this?
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    Most of those kind of programs are made for hacking other people's WiFi-s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Most of those kind of programs are made for hacking other people's WiFi-s.
    Incorrect. They are made to allow you to find out if there is congestion on any wifi channels around you. So that you can find the best channel to set your Access Point on.

    Stuff like Packet Sniffers are used to figure out how to break into someone's system. Not A/P searchers. It is no different then using the search function on your AM/FM radio. Is how those A/P sniffers work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Most of those kind of programs are made for hacking other people's WiFi-s.
    Incorrect. They are made to allow you to find out if there is congestion on any wifi channels around you. So that you can find the best channel to set your Access Point on.

    Stuff like Packet Sniffers are used to figure out how to break into someone's system. Not A/P searchers. It is no different then using the search function on your AM/FM radio. Is how those A/P sniffers work.
    As soon as you can find relevant information, like SSID. MAC, type of encryption etc, to at lest connect to it for free internet or to start braking encryption, passwords etc. Yes it could be used for benign purposes like finding free public hotspots. They come in packages with programs for braking in. I used them all to find flows and strengthen my defenses.
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