Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) or later
Browsers: Firefox 3.5 and 3.6, Safari 4, Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Google Chrome (Win only)
The WiFi Stumbler console is laid out in five sections.
1. SSID-Channel distribution graph
2. Search field
3. Network list
4. Make-A-Wish box
5. Learn more about Meraki
SSID-Channel distribution graph – This graph shows how many visible SSIDs are being broadcast in each channel of the 2.4Ghz and 5GHz wireless spectrums. This information can help you plan your channel selection to utilize channels that are most clear of interference.
Search field – Search for open networks, specific manufacturers of access points, a particular SSID or MAC address or any other string in the scan results using this field. You can also use standard Google search syntax. Click on “Advanced search” to expose a variety of filters to easily customize your displayed results.
Network list – This section lists useful information about the wireless networks that are visible to WiFi Stumbler. You can sort the list by any column by clicking on the header for that column.
Description of information presented in each column in the Network list:
* SSID – Name of SSID. Hidden SSIDs will appear as blank (all other columns will be filled in)
* MAC Address (BSSID) – Hardware address of access point
* Radio Type – Wireless protocol of network (802.11b/g, 802.11a or 802.11n)
* Channel – Wireless channel that the network is operating on
* Signal Strength (dB) – Signal level of network in RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication). Since RSSI outputs from different client cards can vary, these signals are best used as a relative measure of signal strength when comparing networks.
* Manufacturer – Name of manufacturer of access point
* Security – Wireless security protocol in use (or Open if none)
* Last Seen – Last time a response or beacon from this network was received
Make-A-Wish box – Suggestions for improving WiFi Stumbler? Ideas for new features that you’d like to see? Think you’ve found a bug? Let us know using the Make-A-Wish box.
Learn more about Meraki – Interested in learning more about the industry’s first cloud-managed wireless LAN? Click here to learn more about this breakthrough enterprise solution.