iStumbler – Search Wi-Fi Networks Easily from Mac

Nov 20, 2006 - 22 Comments

iStumbler finds wifi networks on Mac

Want to search for available wi-fi networks quickly and easily from a Mac? Have you ever been on the road with your MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iBook or PowerBook and needed to find a Wireless access point quickly to send a quick email, post an important blog entry, or check the latest news? Me too, and if you don’t have it already – you need iStumbler, because it will make this task much easier.


iStumbler is a very useful utility to scan available WiFi networks, Bluetooth devices, and Bonjour services, and it comes packaged in an attractive polished interface that screams Mac. It also is smart enough to give you signal strength and other information useful for choosing what network to join – all in one place!

(Obligatory warning: In some areas it is illegal to access a WiFi access point without the consent of the owner, so check local laws before hopping on a random network. Tip: most coffee shops offer free WiFi!)

You can download a trial version of iStumbler from the developers website, or you can jump right to the Mac App Store and get the full version.

Just open the app and let it find wi-fi networks nearby to you, it’s that simple!

iStumbler finds wifi networks on Mac

Once you find a good network, or an open network, you can join it as usual. Of course if it’s password protected you’ll need the wi-fi password, but most hotels, restaurants and coffee shops provide the wi-fi password to customers.

And isn’t this iStumbler icon cool? They changed it from the original version but it’s still quite nice.

iStumbler Mac network scanning tool

Oh and by the wya, if you’re a heavy command line user and want a wi-fi finder and much more, than get nmap for Mac for a lot of power user tools and huge capabilities. Of course nmap is command line though, so if you’re not comfortable with the Terminal than using iStumbler or the wi-fi diagnostics tools on Mac may be a better choice.

Anyway, enjoy your wireless networking!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Utilities

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  1. comprar cialis says:

    is a very useful utility to scan available WiFi networks, Bluetooth devices, and Bonjour services, and it comes packaged in an attractive polished interface that screams Mac. It also is smart enough to give you signal strength and other information useful for choosing what network to join – all in one place!

  2. Picket says:

    why is anyone not using mac looking at this?

  3. ixmil says:

    Yuri, anybody who asks for a win/linux version of a *Stumbler prog probably shouldn’t be accusing others of being computer newbies.

  4. Yuri says:

    Can someone give link to rapidshare\etc site for the crack???? Also is there win\linux version for normal people and not computer newbies using macs?

  5. Alex says:

    “Where’s the Win32 version so normal people can use it?”

    dude.. what the hell? seriously, chill.

  6. Max Rubin says:

    The TRS-80 was from Radio Shack,
    It got the unlikley nickname of “Trash 80”.
    Just a play on its name.
    A lot of people had a lot of fun with it

  7. asoa says:

    I use KisMAC. http://www.kismac.de That’s better than iStumbler.

  8. lame says:

    this is just a port of netstumbler with some added eyecandy for the apple fanboys. no news here

  9. Mac/Win/Linux/C64 User says:

    Since, this a Mac OS X program, I’m guessing no one cares about weather you use Windows, Linux, or *gasp* Commodore. Does anyone actually use this? or can attest to the programs ability to detect networks?

    thanks!
    -S

  10. Donald says:

    The TRS-80 was not from Apple, it was from Tandy, which has since become RadioShack.

  11. Phineas says:

    Windows sucks,
    Linux Rocks
    Mac’s ROCK the most
    Commodore RoK’s
    Apple TRS-80 Color is the BEST!!!!!!

    And Boris Sucks the biggest wazzzoooo going you cheap basT___D

  12. Boris says:

    I need keygen\crack\serial\reg\patch\key for program Thanks.

  13. Kirk Badger says:

    I remember downloading 100 windows shareware programs and maybe keeping one.
    The mac programs were almost all keepers.
    Went to show you how progams were thought out for fuctionality.

    http://www.vintagecomputermanuals.com

  14. P:ipo says:

    Windows sucks
    Macs sucks too
    Linux sucks also
    my Commodore rocks!

  15. westyvy says:

    Yeah, why do they bother like this is new or something? I dont use either win or mac, and I have many network tools that will show me strength of netowrks. Back in the day, like 4 years ago, sure, netstumbler was interesting, you can even add a gps feature to it. But now days isnt this just included with the os or the network card driver (when using winblows?). I mean come on, this is old hat.

  16. Kane says:

    the windows version is NetStumbler

  17. Myles says:

    Both your comments make no sense at all. Now..

    Could someone recommend a good Windows program similar to this? So the less fortunate of us can grab some free wifi.

  18. chipdip says:

    Normal people? Most people interested in this don’t use Windows…

  19. Kevin says:

    Where’s the Win32 version so normal people can use it?

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