Normally, when you install a network card, you also get some sort of utility that shows you all the available wireless networks that you can connect to, but it's not unusual for these kind of applications not to work properly. To make sure that we have connection points, we can download NetStumbler, a program that may not be as easy to use, but will definitely be more effective, which is what really matters.
Practicality over aesthetics
NetStumbler isn't a program aimed at beginners and focuses mainly on showing all the available data and options rather than presenting things in an attractive interface. However, NetStumbler's technical qualities are such, that most won't be too bothered about how it looks, as this is probably one of the most powerful wireless network managers around.
- Locate wireless networks in your area.
- Compatibility with 802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g networks.
- Transfer rate, signal quality and interference monitoring.
- Intruder detection.
You can now download NetStumbler for free. This is the most efficient solution to inspect networks within our range, and also manage our own.