iStumbler – Search Wi-Fi Networks Easily from 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!
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.
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!