Locate wireless networks without airport?

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  1. OttawaGuy macrumors 6502a

    OttawaGuy

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    Hello,
    I have a mac with a wireless router.
    I do not have an airport card. Are there any apps or methods to determine which networks (other than my own) are around me?
    Curious to know who else is broadcasting around me.
    I was reading a thread that was discussing how many networks people could locate around them.
    Some people had a very high number >25.
    I want to try it out.

    What makes the airport card able to do this and not a wireless router?
    Thanks
    OS X 10.4.8
     
  2. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

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    Why do you have a wireless router if you don't have a computer with wireless?
     
  3. OttawaGuy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    So use the Wii to look for the networks it sees.

    Or if your router can be used in client/repeater mode, ask it.

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  5. bigandy macrumors G3

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    the wireless router provides a signal for machines such as laptops and Wiis to pick up. they don't have the software nessacary to 'sniff out' other networks usually.

    if you don't have a wireless card in your Mac then you can't do any sniffing around. ;)
     
  6. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    Check This site out. I really don't think you can do it with just your router. I imagine need a wireless card in you mac
     
  7. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Connect your Mac to your router and access the router (192.168.1.1) and go to the status menu of the router. It will might list other networks and computers around you.
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    I just checked and my Wii sees a few more networks than the Mac that is 3 feet away from it. Just go into the internet settings area and tell it to create a new wireless internet connection it'll show you what's out there.

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  9. neyoung macrumors member

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    I use the TRENDnet Hotspot Detector. It allows me to find out what wireless connections are available and gives tells me which ones are unsecure so I can connect to them. Other info that it shows about each access point is signal strength, channel, ssid, and band.
     

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