Wireless Internet access is commonly provided free of charge by hotels, bars, universities or other public places, to provide users with the possibility to constantly check their online accounts. Retina WiFi Scanner can be used by IT personnel whenever they want to evaluate the status of these WiFi networks.
Retina WiFi Scanner comes with an intuitive user interface that automatically detects the wireless networks available to the host laptop or desktop - the application is efficient on a desktop PC as long as it features WiFi capabilities.
Users can adjust the probing interval and the RSSI threshold for IP discovery to as many milliseconds they see fit, but it is best to first test the application using the default settings, and modify them only if the results are not satisfying enough.
Once the scanning process is complete, the software solution displays a wide range of details regarding the devices and networks located in the proximity, such as DHCP MAC, vendor, gateway, applied IP, domain or network type.
In addition, Retina WiFi Scanner can also search for available IP addresses and users can change the discovery timeout and retry intervals. Alternatively, one can set the application not to retry again if initial IP discovery failed.
Another function of Retina WiFi Scanner is that the detected data can be saved to a report that can be analyzed at a later time or compared with other ones, generated in different days. The output reports can be saved as HTML, TXT or XML files.
To sum it up, Retina WiFi Scanner can be of great help to IP staff when they want to map the wireless devices and networks available within their range. However, since it has not been updated in a long time, it might not work efficiently with the latest types of wireless network adapters.