WiFi Signal Strength APP?

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    I'm sure this has already been asked, but I couldn't find it with a quick search:

    Is there a reason there are no WiFi Signal Strength Apps (unless you jailbreak)? I'd like to measure the WiFi signal in my house, with more information than just the three bars. I use inSSIDer on my PC to get detailed information. An app for the iPad would be very convenient and a great utility.

    If there's one available, please let me know.
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    Good question, hopefully there is an answer as it would be a useful app.
    I try to get a better idea of signal strength by using the FCC Test App. It's not perfect as the tests can vary by quite a bit, since it is designed to measure broadband, however I find that it is much more informative than the three bar indicator.
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    If you are trying to measure the speed of your internet try speed test.
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    TBH, I've wanted this too but it seems only to exist on android. Don't know why, though.
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    Apple felt that were abusing the feature so they pulled all of them.

    I would pick up a cheap Android phone used and use it for a WiFi analyzer. When I switched to iOS 13 months ago, I kept my Droid around just for that reason.
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    I might be wrong, but the only think I can came up with is that Apple does not want you to know actual strength of internal WiFi antennas.
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    That's interesting. I still don't understand what would be considered abuse?

    It just seems like a logical utility to help improve your home router placement or find its weakness. I don't see why apple would be threatened by it.

    Next time someone comes over with an android device I'll ask them to help me out. Then they can make fun of ios for a change.
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    Technically you could abuse the tool to find "hidden" WiFi networks, which would then allow you to attack it. While probably 99.9% of all users of the app would never do that, there is always the .1% Apple has to worry about.
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    I have Android tablets and WiFi analyzer is a great tool. I use it for 2 reasons (none of them is to attack any of networks), one is verify connection strength and second to see what channel is used least by others so I will use it for my connection. I do not know if this answers your question or not, but if you have question I will try to answer it.
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    I never even thought of that aspect.
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    I use inSSIDer on my PC to measure signal strength inside my house. I just thought it would be nice to have the same capability with my iPad, plus it would be a lot more convenient.

    I was just wondering if Apple ever addressed this or gave a reason why they won't allow the app. Skull One probably has the answer to my question.

    Thanks!
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    I use Speedtest X HD Thats how i know that I rarely get more than 2 Mb/s. the joys of living in the country.

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    Frankly, I'm having a bit of a hard time accepting this. Anyone can use anything for the wrong reasons or in ways not intended. Apple can't police everything. I wasn't among the iOS crowd in the early days, so I have to accept your word as to why they pulled wifi detectors from the app store. It seems like a horrible mistake to me. No matter to me, though, as I have 3 other devices that have WIFI Analyzer installed, but others aren't as nuts as I am. :)
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    This is what tipped me over the edge to jailbreak my iPhone. Wifi analyzer is a wonderful tool. Not having it would likely tip me to start liking android more as my phone.
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    I'm with you there. My contract is almost up and android phones are becoming attractive to me. They are getting great battery life, screen and app quality has really improved. Drap-n-Drop files to SD card for easy file management, These are little things but little things I would use a lot. I know, Dropbox, or a Wireless Hard Drives etc, but hey I got the phone right hear in my pocket. Don't get me wrong I love my iPad but...

    "Post with pictures it helps everyone"
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    Just don't have a problem with one.....
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    I definitely would not recommend to everyone, but got ice scream sandwich on my acer tablet today and have to say there is a marked improvement in user interface. I think it could make a really good phone os.
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    It is a definite improvement, though I still get a lot of FCs. I still highly prefer it to HC. And I agree on a phone it would be sweet. But the OS is only one aspect of phone use...
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    Yes, many people don't realize how much stability and predictability are important on their phones. That is one thing missing from ICS.

    I've also noticed a few speed issues. In particular when I bring up the browser it's not immediately usable.

    There are many good things about it also.

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