WiFi Explorer

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WiFi Explorer
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WiFi Explorer, version 1.5 running on OS X 10.8.4
Original author(s) Adrian Granados
Initial release January 17, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-01-17)
Stable release 1.6.1 / June 2, 2014; 35 days ago (2014-06-02)
Preview release 1.6 / April 26, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-04-26)
Development status Active
Written in Objective-C
Operating system OS X
Available in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Type Wi-Fi network scanner
License Proprietary commercial software
Website www.wifiexplorer.net

WiFi Explorer is a wireless network scanner tool for OS X that can help users identify channel conflicts, overlapping and network configuration issues that may be affecting the connectivity or performance of IEEE 802.11 wireless networks.

History[edit]

WiFi Explorer began as a desktop alternative to WiFi Analyzer,[1] an iPhone app for wireless network scanning that was pulled out from Apple's App Store in March, 2010 due to the use of private frameworks.[2][3] Since its first release, WiFi Explorer incorporated features that were not included in the last available version of WiFi Analyzer, such as support for 5 GHz networks and 40 MHz channel widths. Starting in version 1.5, WiFi Explorer includes support for 802.11ac networks, as well as 80 and 160 MHz channel widths.

Features[edit]

  • Displays various network parameters:
  • Graphical visualization of channel allocation, signal strength or Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)
  • Different sorting and filtering options
  • Displays signal strength and noise values as percentage or dBm
  • Displays the device name of Cisco, Aruba and Apple access point (if available).
  • Ability to save and load results for later analysis
  • Metrics and network details can be exported to a CSV file format
  • Selectable and sortable columns
  • Adjustable graph timescales
  • Editable column for annotations, comments, etc.
  • Customizable network colors (OS X 10.7 or higher)
  • Full screen mode (OS X 10.7 or higher)
  • Comprehensive application's help

Limitations[edit]

Due to limitations of Apple's CoreWLAN framework,[4] WiFi Explorer is unable to detect hidden networks (except when associated) and does not support external (USB) wireless adapters.

System requirements[edit]

  • OS X 10.6 or higher (32- or 64-bit)

See also[edit]

  • iStumbler - An open source utility for finding wireless networks and devices in Mac OS X.
  • KisMAC - A wireless network discovery tool for Mac OS X.
  • Netspot - A Mac OS X tool for wireless networks assessment, scanning and surveys.

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