C# – How to get the available wifi APs and their signal strength in .net


Is there any way to access all WiFi access points and their respective RSSI values using .NET? It would be really nice if I could do it without using unmanaged code or even better if it worked in mono as well as .NET.

If it is possible i would appriciate a code sample.

Here are a few similiar stackoverflow questions i found:

Get SSID of the wireless network I am connected to with C# .Net on Windows Vista

Managing wireless network connection in C#

Get BSSID (MAC address) of wireless access point from C#

Best Solution

It is a wrapper project with managed code in c# at http://www.codeplex.com/managedwifi

It supports Windows Vista and XP SP2 (or later version).

sample code:

using NativeWifi;
using System;
using System.Text;

namespace WifiExample
    class Program
        /// <summary>
        /// Converts a 802.11 SSID to a string.
        /// </summary>
        static string GetStringForSSID(Wlan.Dot11Ssid ssid)
            return Encoding.ASCII.GetString( ssid.SSID, 0, (int) ssid.SSIDLength );

        static void Main( string[] args )
            WlanClient client = new WlanClient();
            foreach ( WlanClient.WlanInterface wlanIface in client.Interfaces )
                // Lists all networks with WEP security
                Wlan.WlanAvailableNetwork[] networks = wlanIface.GetAvailableNetworkList( 0 );
                foreach ( Wlan.WlanAvailableNetwork network in networks )
                    if ( network.dot11DefaultCipherAlgorithm == Wlan.Dot11CipherAlgorithm.WEP )
                        Console.WriteLine( "Found WEP network with SSID {0}.", GetStringForSSID(network.dot11Ssid));

                // Retrieves XML configurations of existing profiles.
                // This can assist you in constructing your own XML configuration
                // (that is, it will give you an example to follow).
                foreach ( Wlan.WlanProfileInfo profileInfo in wlanIface.GetProfiles() )
                    string name = profileInfo.profileName; // this is typically the network's SSID

                    string xml = wlanIface.GetProfileXml( profileInfo.profileName );

                // Connects to a known network with WEP security
                string profileName = "Cheesecake"; // this is also the SSID
                string mac = "52544131303235572D454137443638";
                string key = "hello";
                string profileXml = string.Format("<?xml version=\"1.0\"?><WLANProfile xmlns=\"http://www.microsoft.com/networking/WLAN/profile/v1\"><name>{0}</name><SSIDConfig><SSID><hex>{1}</hex><name>{0}</name></SSID></SSIDConfig><connectionType>ESS</connectionType><MSM><security><authEncryption><authentication>open</authentication><encryption>WEP</encryption><useOneX>false</useOneX></authEncryption><sharedKey><keyType>networkKey</keyType><protected>false</protected><keyMaterial>{2}</keyMaterial></sharedKey><keyIndex>0</keyIndex></security></MSM></WLANProfile>", profileName, mac, key);

                wlanIface.SetProfile( Wlan.WlanProfileFlags.AllUser, profileXml, true );
                wlanIface.Connect( Wlan.WlanConnectionMode.Profile, Wlan.Dot11BssType.Any, profileName );