Wi-fi seems ubiquitous these days, but it helps to have a tool on your Mac than can make sense of most of the nearby wireless signals traveling through your brain on the way to the Mac. I use iStumbler.
Version Number, Please!
I don’t remember exactly when, but somewhere around a dozen years ago I stumbled across iStumbler for the Mac.
The first version I used was release 82 which ran on Mac OS X 10.2 Jagwire. Since then, iStumbler has stumbled to ever newer versions.
Finally, iStumbler is at version 100. No, not 1.0. 100. Go figure. The last major release, 99, was a couple of years ago.
OK, enough history. What does iStumbler do? It uses the wireless capability of your Mac to find nearby wireless networks.
That means Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks, and it graphically displays the network type, encryption status, and for Wi-Fi, signal and noise, and other information.
iStumbler displays visible wireless networks, and will display the connected network, even if that network is private.
For Bluetooth devices, iStumbler lists recent, connected, or favorite Bluetooth devices nearby, and the toolbar lets you setup, pair, and browse devices. There’s even an option to view nearby Bonjour devices.
As long as I’ve used iStumbler there’s never been a price tag, and it provides more information than any free wireless discovery tool I’ve ever used. And, as to release version 100, it’s really the release candidate 5 for version 100 (release candidate 4 was released about a year ago).
This must be the tortoise of wireless discover tools. Slow and steady.