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Free Wi-Fi stumbling and surveying tools

Want to learn about your Wi-Fi? There are so many tools out there that can give you the basic wireless details: SSIDs, signal strength, channels, MAC addresses and security status. Below are a few tools you could use:

  1. Acrylic WiFi – offers both a non-commercial and commercial version. Both editions support a monitor mode to capture more traffic and the free version has a user friendly GUI. Any hidden SSIDs that are discovered from captured packets will be shown.
  2. AirGrab WiFi Radar – GUI displays the networks and graphs in a different way than most stumblers. On the upper left are the detected SSIDs and on the upper right is the channel usage graph.  
  3. Cain & Abel – multi-purpose password recovery and cracking application that also features Wi-Fi stumbling, sniffing, and cracking tools. It has a simple look and feel and in addition to SSIDs you can see a list and details of connected clients.
  4. Ekahau HeatMapper – offers an attractive graphical overview of the airwaves around you and even some information about the security settings on detected Wi-Fi networks.
  5. Homedale – has an optional command line interface and supports GPS. However, it does not detect hidden SSIDs but does show their other network details.
  6. LizardSystems Wi-Fi Scanner – offers a free edition of Wi-Fi Scanner and a paid edition for more features. It displays statistics and graphics on certain types of network packets.
  7. WirelessNetView – offered for personal or commercial purposes. It shows negative dBm values and for percentages and values for the last signal received and the average over time.
  8. Wireless Diagnostics – can help detect and fix Wi-Fi issues. It is a native tool included with the OS. When you open this, it will immediately start running tests to detect issues.
  9. Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector – provides a detailed breakdown of every hotspot it detects, along with a simple positional “radar” display

Sources: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2925081/wi-fi/7-free-wi-fi-stumbling-and-surveying-tools-for-windows-and-mac.html#slide1

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