What is the best way, nowadays, to scan for wireless frequencies given an entirely Apple household of iPhones, iPads, Macbook Pros, and an iMac?
An Apple-only friend (who lives in the boonies) called just now from another state with Comcast Internet problems at home.
They're on the $56.95 25Mbps "Performance Internet" plan which advertises25 Mbps down & 5 Mbps up. They own their own Motorola Docsys 3.0 modem from Costco.
They have iPads, iPhones, Macbook Pros, and an iMac. (Also they have Vonage.)
With an iMac wired to the modem, they're getting 29 down and 6 up (sometimes 1 up) at around 38ms ping times, but at the various wireless devices they're only getting half that.
They haven't told me what they get wired to the router (a WRT54G, which only has channels 1 through 11) but I told them to scan for WiFi signals (to see if they are clashing with their neighbors).
They don't know how.
They are on iOS with iPhones and iPads & they have a couple of MacBook Pros which apparently don't have an Ethernet port (nor do they have the adapter) but they do have an iMac which does have an Ethernet port.
So they're running the *wired* tests using the iMac but I'm trying to get them to run wireless tests and they're not technical people.
My only question is how do I get them to run a test of the WiFi frequencies in use where they are.
Googling, I found this which explains for them how to run a WiFi scan on the iPads and iPhones that they own:
- TIP: Choosing the best WiFi channel using iPad
But looking for how to run the same test on the iMac or MacBook Pros, I'm not sure because I don't know what operating system they're on.
For example, here is information for OSX but I don't know how good it is as I have no Apple computers:
- Any free good software wireless analyzers, like Windows' Netstumbler and inSSIDer, for Mac OS X 10.8.3?
What is the best way, nowadays, for this older couple to scan for wireless frequencies given an entirely Apple household of iPhones, iPads, Macbook Pros, and an iMac?