6 useful Wi-Fi tools for Windows

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Windows doesn't do a particularly good job of providing Wi-Fi tools. Yes, it will let you search for and connect to nearby networks, but that's about the extent of it. What if you want to get detailed information about every Wi-Fi network within range, troubleshoot your network, turn your laptop into a portable Wi-Fi hot spot or keep yourself safe at public hot spots? Windows is no help.

We've rounded up these six downloads. Five out of the six are free; the other is inexpensive and lets you try it out first.

This slideshow accompanies our in-depth Wi-Fi feature.

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