Want to use your iPhone/iPad as a device to observe how your Wi-Fi connection speed fluctuates over time, or find the fastest Wi-Fi spots in your room? You’ve come to the right place!
In this post, I’m going to show you top best Wi-Fi signal strength meter apps for iOS, including both free and paid options. I’ve tested all these apps and below are my best picks. Hopefully, the post can give you a detailed look at what these apps can do, what functionality they have. Read on and see which one will suit your needs.
1. Wi-Fi SweetSpots
The app has a simple interface with two main buttons, one to start/stop measuring and one to record results. At the top is the Wi-Fi network’s name and its IPv6 address. Below is the signal strength meter that shows your internet connection speed in real-time and a graph showing speed changes over time.
To start your Wi-Fi speed test, tap on the Start button and the app will begin gathering data to measure the strength of your Wi-Fi signal and show information in real-time.
In my experience, to get the accurate data, I would suggest spending at least one minute in one location before moving to another. In that one minute, hold the record button to calculate the average speed. After recording, tap on the button in the top-right corner to save the result.
Once saved, you can review all the spots with corresponding data. You can even select different spots and compare them to find out the best location that has the maximum Internet speed.[Install]
Speedcheck is a great app for testing the speed of internet connections. To use this app, all you have to do is press the Test button. Speedcheck will then perform a test in under 20 seconds to tell you the average ping, download/upload speed as well as your local IP address, public IP address.
Speedcheck also records all the testing results in the History tab. Just head over it and compare the numbers, you’ll know where is the best spot to get Wi-Fi signal. Not only can this app be used to discover the perfect spot for your wireless router, access point, but it also can help you check and diagnose Wi-Fi network problems.[Install]
3. Network Analyzer
Network Analyser is the ultimate toolkit on iOS devices for network analysis, LAN scanning, and problem detection. This app provides a wide range of tools including ping, traceroute, DNS lookup, Whois, Port scanner, Wi-Fi LAN scanner and Wi-Fi signal strength test.
The Wi-Fi LAN scanner allows you to detect all devices that connect to your Wi-Fi network by showing their vendor names and MAC addresses. This is helpful when you want to know who else is using your Wi-Fi and slow down the signal. Other functions for IT specialists such as Ping & Traceroute, Port Scanner, Whois, and DNS lookup are very accurate and reliable. The app also lets you record history of all performed tasks and export them via email, AirPrint, and AirDrop.
To measure your Wi-Fi signal strength, you can use the Internet Speed test within the app. This feature gives you both download/upload speed in two units: Mbps and KB/s and a graphical view of them. Just like other functions, it seems to provide me accurate data most of the time.[Install]
Differing from other Internet testing apps, SpeedSmart allows you to perform tests from many servers all around the world. Websites and services are not hosted in the same place so testing from various servers can give you an accurate picture of your connection.
The app’s interface is a slide that has three pages. The main page allows you to perform tests. By default, your testing server is the closest server based on your location but you can change it to many other places. Tapping on the map surrounded by a circle will bring up the list of available servers, from closest to farthest. To set your own default server, long press on the one you want to be the new default testing server.
SpeedSmart has a built-in bandwidth calculator that can calculate the download and upload time of a given file size. It also has a function called Broadband Map which lets you view speed test taken from all around the world or in your neighborhood.[Install]
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Speedtest by Ookla is one of the most well-known services for testing speeds. When you launch the app for the first time, it’ll automatically find a server. You can change your own from the Settings screen.
One-tap speed test, nice interface, detailed reporting, accurate data and ease of use are the features of this app. Speedtest can be installed for free and has the option of removing ads for $0.99.[Install]