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Nokia's Beta Labs has created a Connectivity Analyzer for those whose Wi-Fi isn't performing as it should. The tool provides comprehensive analysis from a mobile phone.

You'll be needing a S60 mobile phone, of course, but anything from the 8GB N95 to the N8 should be able to run the free application that offers detailed analysis including Layer 2 and 3 testing, not to mention lots of pretty pictures showing how well the network is performing, or not:

Screen Shot of the analyser in action

With the proliferation of wireless technologies, the mobile phone is ideally suited to analysis, even if it is something as simple as picking an empty Wi-Fi channel or monitoring signal strength while relocating (or rotating) an access point. WiFi Analyzer provides that kind of functionality for us on Android, but Nokia's Connectivity Analyzer goes a good deal deeper.

The application is still a beta release, and Nokia is looking for feedback, but a free tool that provides visibility on what's happening at 2.4GHz is a welcome addition to any toolkit. ®

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