Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor Gadget

Screenshot of the Windows 7 Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor gadget
Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor Gadget.

Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor is much more than your standard wireless network monitor and certainly more complex than most system monitoring gadgets.

The Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor gadget for Windows 7 and Windows Vista can search for wireless networks, verify wireless coverage, show details about your current wireless connection, and much more.

You can even manage your wireless adapter and connection, right from the Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor gadget!

This gadget might be a bit over the top, but it's easy to see how it could be a useful and entertaining addition to any Windows 7 desktop or Windows Vista Sidebar.

See How to Install a Windows Gadget if you need help.

Other Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor Features

What We Like

  • Unique radar/sonar display of available wireless networks.

  • Clear and detailed signal strength display and history.

  • Several configurations available including many skin colors.

What We Don't Like

  • Size and constant radar/sonar motion could be distracting.

  • Current version suffers from bug that creates color problem.

  • Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor shows available wireless networks in your vicinity.
  • Displays currently connected network's SSID, channel, data rate, and more.
  • This windows gadget also displays current wireless signal strength and a recent history of that strength.
  • Your current IP address and MAC address are displayed on the Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor gadget.
  • Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor allows direct management of your wireless adapter and current wireless connection.

Our Thoughts on the Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor Gadget

Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor is quite the Windows gadget. It certainly resembles a full-fledged program more than probably any other Windows 7 or Windows Vista gadget that we've seen.

The obvious killer feature in Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor is the large radar-like display, showing available wireless networks. The further away from the center the labeled wireless network is, the lower the signal strength. If nothing else, it's a very cool way to show a list of wireless networks.

The rest of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor contains information on your current wireless connection including your current SSID, wireless network channel, data rate, and signal strength. There's also some wireless adapter information including your current IP and MAC addresses.

The biggest problem with Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor is completely subjective — it's too much. It's too big, the radar display is distracting and not overly useful, and the Xirrus logo is huge as far as gadget logos go.

You, however, might love Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor and might find it very useful. For example, if you regularly connect to different wireless networks or are having some signal strength issues you're troubleshooting, this gadget could be just what you're looking for. It's a very unique gadget, I'll give you that.

The only technical issue is a big orange circle when using the gadget in Windows Vista. The fix involves moving Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor away from the Sidebar and then back, but it's certainly a problem that needs to be fixed.

Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor is certainly a one-of-a-kind wireless network gadget for Windows 7 or Windows Vista, and you should give it a shot if only for a few minutes of geeky entertainment!