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The 6 best Wi-Fi downloads for Windows

Free or cheap apps to help manage your wireless network

Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, you probably have at one time or another, connected to the web via a Wi-Fi network. However, Windows doesn't do a particularly good job of providing Wi-Fi tools. We've rounded up six of the best downloads to help you connect and manage your Wi-Fi network.

Plug and Browse

If you use your laptop to connect to more than one wireless or wired network, you might be spending more time than you'd like switching network settings.

For example, if you're a typical laptop user, at work you might have a static IP address, a default network printer, a set of scripts that need to be run, proxy servers for security and a set of mapped network drives. At home, you might have a DHCP-assigned network address on a wireless network as well as a home printer, and you might use Windows Firewall but no proxy servers. And then there's that coffee shop hot spot that you visit regularly with its own set of requirements, such as a DHCP-assigned network address.

Each time you switch networks, chances are that you have to tweak settings such as your default printer, mapped network drives, proxy servers and so on.

Plug and Browse from Interactive Studios puts an end to all that manual configuration. It allows you to create profiles for all the networks you use, and then when you switch from one network to another, you simply choose the new network's profile. All your settings will be intact.

A very nice touch is that you can tell Plug and Browse to automatically create a profile for you and it will grab all of your current settings for the network to which you're connected. You can still edit the settings after that if you need to.

Price: $39.99 (£26.39) with 30-day free trial
Compatible with: Windows XP, Vista and 7

See also: 12 downloads to super-charge and secure Wi-Fi

  1. Apps to help manage your wireless network
  2. Xirrus
  3. WeFi
  4. Hotspot Shield
  5. Plug and Browse

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