iStumbler for Mac

iStumbler for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 22 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    100.123
  • Total Downloads:
    46,984
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 06, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; $20.00 to buy

Editors' Review

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iStumbler for Mac scans for Wi-Fi networks in your area and then presents them to you in a list, so no matter where you are, you'll always be able to connect. There is a ton of information supplied about each network in this program, and the list is constantly updated in real time, so you'll always know exactly what you're dealing with.

Pros

Good data: In addition to signal strength and security settings, this app also gives you information on various other network characteristics including signal, noise, channel, frequency, and protocol associated with each network detected.

More than Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is actually only one of four different sections this app contains and that you can move between using tabs on the left-hand side of the screen. Other options include Bluetooth, Bonjour, and locations.

Cons

Constant prompting: The trial version of this app produces nearly constant pop-ups asking you to make a purchase. At the beginning, this happens every few minutes, but it becomes more and more frequent until the pop-ups are appearing less than a minute apart, which is pretty excessive and actually interferes with your ability to test the program.

Trouble closing: This app failed to close during testing, and it blocked our computer from shutting down as well. Multiple attempts were unsuccessful, and then it finally crashed on its own.

Bottom Line

iStumbler for Mac is a good tool for helping you find open Wi-Fi networks nearby. The presentation and thoroughness of information is definitely a plus, although the crashing and inability to close are issues that may make you think twice about a purchase, especially since the nagging pop-ups make it so hard to get a feel for the program. The trial is free, though, and the app costs $20 to purchase.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of iStumbler for Mac 100.117.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Great to have with your laptop!!!!!"

April 01, 2010  |  By johnmateo10

 |  Version: iStumbler 99

Pros

1. Steady signal for web connections

2. Catches signals in real time (not faded ones)

3. Easy to use

4. Great for quick browsing especially if you live in a apartment complex!!

Cons

1. Gps sometimes glitches and freezes on me..

2. Have to find signal and stay put no heavy moving around
(it loses connection sometimes)

Summary

If you have a Apple laptop, and you have wi-fi , this is a must have for the budget concious. There are wireless signals all around the world that makes paying for the internet a soon to be challege. Great for college and small biz functions!! I can see 40 computers running off one signal, so as long as you steady in one position or at least neutral to some point. You should not have no problem!!!

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5 stars

"iStumbler works great! (BTW, Snow Leopard means 10.6)"

March 25, 2010  |  By fdoughty1

 |  Version: iStumbler 99

Pros

It provides very useful detail about your networks. I've used it to get data on available channels in my neighborhood and when I switched my Wifi to that channel it cleared up interference issues I've been having.

Cons

It will be of limited value to non-techie users.

Summary

It runs clean, gives you good detail about the networks in your area, and it's free.

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1 stars

"The description needed to say it was for 10.6 only."

February 24, 2010  |  By jwynn2

 |  Version: iStumbler 99

Pros

I was unable to run iStumbler99.

Cons

Because my computer is G4 based, I still run OSX 10.5. I am unable to run iStumbler99.

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5 stars

"Works great!"

February 06, 2007  |  By lostngone

 |  Version: iStumbler 98

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
No problems works as advertised.

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5 stars

"Great Program"

January 09, 2006  |  By Mark_42

 |  Version: iStumbler 95

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I've used this program for a long time and haven't had any problems. I travel quite a bit and tend to stay at hotels with wireless networks. These networks usually have a number of channels available and iStumbler makes it easy to find useable channels if the closest one has too many users.

Apple should include it with the OS.

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1 stars

"Kicked me off of my network"

August 03, 2005  |  By iGreg

 |  Version: iStumbler 95

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Tricky to use. I accidently kicked myself off of my Airport network. Had to reboot. Needs warning dialogs telling you that your about to leave a network. How come it only looks for network types listed in plugins list? What about other networks with other types of routers etc?

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5 stars

"excellent"

April 20, 2005  |  By karl brown

 |  Version: iStumbler 93

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
working perfectly

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5 stars

"Great tool"

February 20, 2005  |  By Laqua

 |  Version: iStumbler 91

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have been using istumbler every since I got my first mac. I work in an IT department and it is great for helping to troubleshoot network issues. As far as the help goes, if you hold your mouse over buttons or items you would see what they do before clicking. I really think it is a great program and very easy to use. The plugins are coming along nicely. Keep up the great work.

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1 stars

"Not Recommended"

February 19, 2005  |  By mtcon

 |  Version: iStumbler 91

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
The 1st thing it did upon launching is shut off my AirPort network; I had to completely reinitialize it. No documentation as to how to use this program or what any of the displays & menus mean & there is no Help available. Totally worthless program even if it is free.

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5 stars

"great piece of software"

February 19, 2005  |  By freakomat

 |  Version: iStumbler 91

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
great piece of software. works perfectly for me. and maybe it's just me, but it detects base stations even when my apple airport software shows no reception at all. aside from that, the only "negative" (not really) point about it is its icon (it's ugly ;=) and all icons used in the interface could need some alpha channel transparency - they have a white halo when selected, but this is just to make it perfect, if it's not already. maybe there is some icon designer out there donating a cool one? and no idea what this "shaunrosenberg" is talking about, but this is definitely NOT a 2-star application. anyway, hope it keeps free.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 100.123
  • Open License button in License prefs makes importing a license easier
  • License Search tries to find any licenses in your home folder and asks if you want to load them
  • Duplicate License Detection allows you to move old license to the trash if you receive a new one from support
  • License Help button in iStumbler Store connects you to support if you're having trouble
  • Fix an exception triggered if a network has a nil SSID
  • Tidied up iStumbler Preferences a bit
General
Publisher iStumbler.net
Publisher web site http://istumbler.net/
Release Date November 06, 2014
Date Added November 06, 2014
Version 100.123
Category
Category Networking Software
Subcategory Wireless Networking Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.57MB
File Name istumbler-100.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 46,984
Downloads Last Week 226
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $20

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