Finding Wireless Networks

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bLiss, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. bLiss macrumors member

    bLiss

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    If you've ever used Windows, you might know that the dialog box that helps you find a wireless network is actually more helpful than Apple's Airport drop-down list from the menu bar.

    Is there any way I can see ALL of the within-range networks, whether or not they're password-protected, and their signal strength -- at a glance? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Here's a Dashboard widget that will do that: Airport Radar. There are a couple more like it in Apple's downloads/dashboard section.
     
  3. bLiss thread starter macrumors member

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  4. M@lew macrumors 68000

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  5. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    I really like coconutWiFi. It goes in the menu bar and shows the number of wireless networks it detects. If you click on it you'll get more info on each. There will be a green dot next to it if it isn't password protected, and an amber dot if it is. You can also get other info like the channel and the BSSID (don't know what that is but it might be useful) in that same drop down menu. You can set it to play a sound when a new network is detected as well. The only downside is it appears you can't actually select one in that drop down menu even though it lets you highlight and click and the menu goes away. So you have to find the one you want and then select it in the normal way.
     
  6. janey macrumors 603

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