Find Wireless Networks Around Your MAC

One of the best features in Windows based laptop is that, it auto detects any wireless connections around your system. Very handy feature if you are on the move.

Though the beta is yet to be announced, it will be on most MACs once it will be released. This will be a powerful utility which will collect all the information about all the nearby 802.11b/g wireless networks and access points around you.


So the next time you are travelling you will be able to find all the networks or any network related problems.

Head to MacStumbler and sign up to their beta launch announcement newsletter, and you’ll be notified when they release beta.

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  • I never know that MAC is not capable of doing this before :)

  • huh? is it not automatic with mac? i never thought about it like that for a MAC PC.

  • gosh. new and awesome feature. cool!

  • I don’t know about others, but my macbook normally takes ages to see wireless networks, upto a minute after I click on the airport icon. This gets worse if there are a lot of ad-hoc networks.

    And another common problem was thateach time my system is powered back from sleep, the wireless connection is always off. I wished it could be automatically re-established, without me having to click on the wireless icon on the menu bar.

    This however can be solved, whenever we go on any network, by selecting
    “Join most recently used available network and checking remember network passord”.

    Again my MAC is not the new age one yet, so can’t say if it’s the same with others :)

    I’m looking forward to see what macstumblers have in store !

  • Gus

    While mostly a pc guy, my employment took me into the apple world once again (My first was an Apple][+
    ) and since macstumbler stopped working when I swapped my mac from an ibook to a macbook.. For the past year, I’ve been been using KisMac which works quite well.

    * Reveals hidden / cloaked / closed SSIDs
    * Shows logged in clients (with MAC Addresses, IP addresses and signal strengths)
    * Mapping and GPS support
    * Can draw area maps of network coverage
    * PCAP import and export
    * Support for 802.11b/g
    * Different attacks against encrypted networks
    * Deauthentication attacks
    * AppleScript-able
    * Kismet drone support (capture from a Kismet drone)

    Supported hardware chipsets ¶

    * Apple AirPort and AirPort Extreme (dependent upon Apple’s drivers)
    * Lucent Hermes I & II (Orinoco 2 and 11 Mbit)
    * Intersil Prism 2, 2.5, 3 in PCMCIA and USB devices
    * Cisco Aironet (with older 4.xx firmware)
    * Intersil PrismGT
    * Atheros PCMCIA
    * Ralink rt2570 and rt73 USB devices
    * Realtek RTL8187L USB (such as the Alfa AWUS036H)

    Blue Skies!