inSSIDer Home (formerly free software, also known as inSSIDer 3) reached it's end-of-life in January, 2014. It is no longer supported or distributed by MetaGeek.
"The goal going forward with inSSIDer is to make it a proper networking tool. In the past, it was worked on during 'spare cycles' and did not receive much attention--basically only when developers could get around to it.
It's a massively popular tool with millions of downloads which absolutely amazes and humbles us. In order to realize the goals we have for it, we are needing to charge a small price for it to launch it into the product we want it to be. $29.99 = more dev time and more/better features and UI." - Mark Jensen, Product Management Geek
If you want an even more serious networking tool, check out inSSIDer Office, which incorporates spectrum analysis from the Wi-Spy to show you true channel congestion and non-Wi-Fi interference.
inSSIDer 4 Adds:
- Windows 10 Support
- 802.11ac Support (Windows/OS X only with an 802.11a/n WiFi adapter)
- Logical Grouping (groups all AP's with the same SSID together)
- Physical Grouping (groups all virtual SSID's on the same AP together)
- Channel Recommendations
- Consistent user experience on Android, Windows, and OS X
inSSIDer 2, inSSIDer 3, inSSIDer 4 Feature Comparison
inSSIDer 4 really is awesome. Check out the chart!
|inSSIDer 2||inSSIDer 3||inSSIDer 4|
|Wardriving Support||✓||See Note Below|
|Signal Strength Over Time||All Networks||Selected Network||Selected Logical or Physical Group||See Note Below|
|802.11ac Support||✓||Except Android|
|Windows, OS, and Android||✓||Host OS Limitations Apply|
We noticed that by 2013, very few people were using the wardriving features such as NS1 export and GPS support in inSSIDer. Since it is designed to be more of a troubleshooting and verification tool, we decided to make inSSIDer more purpose-built, and leave wardriving to more specific tools like Kismet for Linux.
Now you have an excuse to get a Raspberry Pi and learn about Linux. You're welcome. ;)
Signal Strength Over Time
inSSIDer has a graph that shows signal strength over time. With inSSIDer 2, you could show a line for every single network in range. While really cool, we found that it wasn't very useful in crowded environments. With inSSIDer 4, you can now select a Logical Group (all of your AP's with the same ESSID or name), or a Physical Group (all of the virtual SSID's on your access point). We also show a yellow line for the loudest co-channel network, and a red line for the loudest overlapping network.
Now, you can quickly select the networks that matter, and get super clean and usable data back from them.