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MacStumbler is a small utility to emulate the functionality of projects like netstumbler, bsd-airtools, and kismet. It's meant purely for educational or auditing purposes, although many people enjoy using these types of programs to check out how many WiFi (wireless) networks are in their area, usually known as "war driving".

MacStumbler only works with AirPort wireless cards, it does not (yet) work with any PCMCIA or USB wireless devices.

To enhance the scanning results, many wardrivers like to use external antennas to increase the range. The new iBooks and Titanium PowerBooks both contain an antenna built into the screen more...

What's New

Version 0.75b:
  • Improved interface
  • GPS support
  • wi-scan format
  • Fixed "Unexpectedly quit" bug

Requirements

Mac OS 10.1 or later

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Rsmacupdate Member IconComment+48
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I wonder if this will ever be updated?

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Costeau Member IconComment+0
Costeau
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Unfortunately, as of version 0.75b, there's still no universal or Intel version of MacStumbler, so Rosetta is required. I want to do off with legacy PPC software, and am thus reluctant to installing Rosetta.

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SiliconAddict Member IconComment+1
SiliconAddict
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Useless under 10.5.1. Crashes on launch on my MBP 2.33Ghz

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elegraphy Member IconReview+150
elegraphy
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I am happy to report that it still works fine under Leopard with PPC system. I have PowerBook Ti 1GHz 1GB Ram.

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Macsweep Member IconComment+66
Macsweep
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Does not work on my MacBook Pro. It will launch just fine but does not detect signals.

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Ancipital Member IconReview+0
Ancipital
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This is a handy little program. A simple, no-frills WLAN scanner with a clean and elegant layout.

If all you need is a way to reliably detect wireless networks, and don't need a
scad of WEP/WPA attacks, this is ideal.

It was exactly what I was looking for- something which worked with the onboard wireless interface of my little g4 powerbook, and let me footprint the two wireless networks on this part of the site. It allowed me to establish which parts of my office were actually within reach; it's right on the edge.

Within five minutes, I had established which parts of which desks were "magic", and likely to yield useful signal strength.

Setup is easy and painless, the results are easy to read. I was connected to the edge of a wireless network within five minutes, what more could I ask for?

A very elegant little program, thanks for this!

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Anonymous
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The MAC address can be seen in the details tab.

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Anonymous
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I'd stick with 0.6b if you have it--this version doesn't seem to let you see the MAC address of the WAP, which is what I need.

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Anonymous
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And if for some reason you have morals.............macstubler can be used to test your own signal strength or security weaknesses

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Anonymous
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Actually MacStumbler 0.75b works just fine with my BUFFALO G54 PCMCIA card (it uses the same Broadcom chip set that Apple uses) despite the fact the author says it won't work with PCMCIA cards.

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Downloads 112,625
Version Downloads 89,992
License Free
Date 14 Jul 2003
Platform OS X / PPC 32
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