iStumbler for Mac

iStumbler for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 22 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
100
File Size:
1.76MB
Date Added:
June 27, 2014
Price:
Free to try; $20.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac/OS X 10.9
Total Downloads:
41,545
Downloads Last Week:
243
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

iStumbler is a free, Snow-Leopard-only tool that helps you sniff out nearby Wi-Fi networks, even if you're just stumbling around with an open laptop.

iStumbler has a clean and helpful interface: on launch, it automatically displays all networks in your vicinity in a chart that shows each network's name, mode, protocol (e.g., 802.11n vs. 802.11g), security (anything from Open to WEP to BSS), noise, channel, frequency, MAC address, vendor (e.g., Apple or Netgear), sample, geographic location, and last update time. You can move these columns around and sort the networks any which way you want (such as by signal strength), and a live graph charts signal over time for selected networks. Each time you join a network (there's a join button on the upper left), iStumbler creates a standalone, semitransparent graph window to track its strength. A pane on the left also lets you see only Bluetooth and Bonjour networks, as well as look through log and location data, with the option to quickly pull up map info in a variety of formats, including Google Maps and Geocaching. This location data also lets you roughly track your movement, taking advantage of Snow Leopard's GPS-like features (much like a similar feature in the original iPhone).

iStumbler is a useful tool for rudimentary network maintenance and troubleshooting, but it's also a great choice just for finding open networks to join, for anyone who wants more information than you'll find in the default AirPort drop-down menu.

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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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