AirRadar for Mac

AirRadar for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 11 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    22,467
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 21, 2009
  • Price:
    Free to try (15-day trial.); $19.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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AirRadar is a utility that can help you scan for, track information on, and join wireless networks. Like similar apps (some of which are free), AirRadar provides much more information than you'd otherwise get through the Mac OS AirPort status menu. Whether you're testing your signal strength at home or trying to find free Wi-Fi on the road, AirRadar will list all open and closed networks in range, along with information such as signal strength (current, average, and max), type of encryption, MAC address, and channel--and you can also sort networks into smart groups, such as all open networks. AirRadar can keep scanning at any interval you set, automatically join the best open network (or a network of a specified minimum strength), and notify you of new networks in a variety of ways, including through Growl messages and by speaking network names out loud (dorky but neat!). AirRadar also has a Network Assistant that can help choose the best channel for a network.

This basic functionality is more than enough for most users, but you can also have AirRadar provide more than two dozen different pieces of live data for a given network, and even track noise and signal strength in graphs.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Flexible signal strength indicator"

September 27, 2009  |  By wsimonds

 |  Version: AirRadar 1.2.1

Pros

Easy install. Simple user interface. Accurate information.

Cons

Probably over priced at $20, however, it is the only product that works with Snow Leopard. Also does not give an absolute rating of signal strength, only a "percentage"??????

Summary

Given that the Mac OS doesn't provide a signal strength indicator (other than the bars on the radar icon) if you have intermittent service interruptions, you need a separate app to give you the information the OS doesn't. None of the free options works with Snow Leopard at this point (9/27/09), this was the only option. The only drawback, as noted, is that it gives the user a "percentage" as an indication of signal strength. While that is fine if you are trying to look at the relative signal strength of one network versus another, it doesn't really help you trouble shoot whether your airport/time capsule/wireless router is operating per specs or needs to be replaced.

Updated on Oct 2, 2009

My bad. There is an option in the Preferences window to enable results to be shown as absolute signal strength.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.2.1
  • Bug Fix: Fixed issues with the warning about XML files being too large to open.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed saving the graph title color.
General
Publisher Koingo Software
Publisher web site http://www.koingosw.com/
Release Date August 21, 2009
Date Added August 21, 2009
Version 1.2.1
Category
Category Networking Software
Subcategory Wireless Networking Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 15.57MB
File Name airradar.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 22,467
Downloads Last Week 3
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 15-day trial.
Price $19.95

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