Your iOS Wi-Fi experience is dead-simple, in fact, some may argue that Apple makes it too simple
. Those looking to increase the information about the Wi-Fi networks around them and have access to new features will be happy to learn of a new jailbreak tweak called BetterWiFi7
by iOS developer Simon Selg.
What this tweak will do is improve on the Wi-Fi interface already on your iOS device without you needing to go and install some application from the App Store to get similar information. BetterWiFi7 gives you information such as the security type of a network, the RSSI level of a network, the MAC address of a network's access point, saved networks, and saved network passwords.
Users will also find that the tweak lets them copy network names and passwords from a new "Known Networks" pane in the Wi-Fi preferences pane, and there's a new "Pull to Refresh" feature added to the Wi-Fi network list as well so that you can force a refresh to see what new networks are around you. With a new "Open Networks Only" feature, you can disable showing secured networks in your Wi-Fi list so that you can see just open Wi-Fi networks, which may be helpful when you're out and about and want to connect only to public Wi-Fi networks that you don't need a password for.
Another feature that comes with the tweak is a feature called "Smart Passcode Lock," which lets your device decide whether or not to enable the passcode based on what Wi-Fi networks that you're connected to. This way, your device is secured while you're out in public, but the security can be brought down when you're somewhere safe, like at home.
BetterWiFi7 also adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure all the tweak's features:
From here, you can configure where in the Wi-Fi network list that the Open Network Only switch appears (top or bottom), remove the signal strength limit that Apple forces iOS devices to obey, enable or disable pull to refresh in the Wi-Fi network list, hide or show network encryption type in the Wi-Fi list, hide or show MAC addresses in the Wi-Fi network list, hide or show exact signal strength in dBm in the Wi-Fi list, and enable or disable the known network list.
In the Wi-Fi preferences pane, the MAC addresses of networks around you show up under the SSID. We have blurred out confidential information in our screenshots to protect the owners of the equipment, but you get the idea!
This is one the nicest implementations of Wi-Fi improvement for iOS 7 that we've ever seen. If you would like to give it a try, it's available right now in Cydia's BigBoss repository for just $1.50. The developer notes that there is also an iOS 6-compatible version of the tweak called "BetterWi-Fi iOS 6" in Cydia. BetterWiFi7 is compatible with all iOS 7 devices.
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1.2