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Mapping your wifi network

In my earlier blog post about powerline networks, I noted that our wifi range extender didn't seem to work in our extension. I haven't been sure. In theory, using Wifi Protected Setup (WPS), the extender had the same wifi name and password so I couldn't tell whether our wifi devices were connected to the extender or the wifi router/base station.

On a rainy ANZAC Day I thought I'd look for an app to help me map my wifi network. Within seconds I came across the Telstra Wi-Fi Maximiser app.

This app enables you to import or sketch a floor plan, then take spot readings of your wifi network. It then turns those into a heat map.

In the example below, after marking the location of our 'gateway' (commonly called a wifi router), each target spot shows where I took readings inside and outside the house.

This map shows our second floor, with the gateway on the ground floor.

The plans made it clear that there are network coverage issues in our living room and on our first …
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