Networking

Five free tools for managing your wireless network

28 comments
nemesl
nemesl

I also have persistent troubles in findings the 5 tools. Give me more help please. This website is tricky indeed. László Nemes

zbig
zbig

I love talking about program tools without specifying the OS. It saves a lot of time..

mlweekle
mlweekle

I too am just thankful that there are those out there who are willing to share the benefits of their research with others. Sites such as yours save me untold hours of searching and I also get your input on the plusses and minuses of the products. I frewuently find great help with issues I am working on by visiting your posts. THANK YOU! I think everyone should be constructive with their comments, both positive and negative. No need to try to offend those who help us.

ppiercy
ppiercy

Not using anything that REQUIRES Facebook.

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

Why shouild I download and install a stripted down version with limited functionality. Unless it has the full ability how can I evaluate the program and determine if it's worth the bucks. Not something I'll even try for the limited time frame.

alamoureux
alamoureux

It looks like many people tried to uninstall this software and it caused a lot of trouble... Using it requires a Facebook account.

wjohanne
wjohanne

The first program you listed is free for 30 days, after which it requires a purchase to be made. I think you need to clarify the banner to remove the word *free*

simonpoole
simonpoole

Any chance of having a post I cn just read as apposed to having to click on pictures like a child. I never get past picture one.

airjos
airjos

I like NetSurveyor, by NutsAboutNets. It's a free and useful WiFi scanner or 802.11 network discovery tool. http://www.performancewifi.net/performance-wifi/main/NetSurveyor.htm From the developers' site: NetSurveyor distinguishes itself from other tools in its category in the following ways: It???s free. In addition to the grid that repeatedly updates information about each access point, there are 6 graphical, diagnostic views: (1) Timecourse of Beacon Qualities For Each Access Point, (2) Differential Display of Beacon Qualities for Each Access Point , (3) Usage of Each of the 802.11 b/g Channels, (4) Timecourse of the Usage of Each of the 802.11 b/g Channels, (5) Heatmap / Waterfall Chart of the 802.11 b/g Channels and (6) Channel Spectrogram of the 802.11 b/g Channels. The more (and different) ways you have at looking at data then the greater the chance something will catch your eye that you might otherwise miss if only a single type of chart were used. Generates reports in Adobe PDF format that include the list of access points and their properties along with images of each of the 6 diagnostic charts. Powerful and innovative logging and recording capability. Other products, if they even offer a recording/playback feature, usually follow the ???tape recorder??? paradigm. NetSurveyor is integrated with NetPlayer (an application we use for displaying recorded data files). NetPlayer is unique in that it shows you all the recorded data ??? that is, you do not press a ???play??? button and then forced to watch minutes or hours of data scroll by in the hope that some unusual event will catch your eye. NetPlayer???s unique approach makes reviewing recorded data a snap. If your laptop or PC has multiple wireless adapters installed ??? not a problem. When NetSurveyor launches it detects each of these and asks you to choose which one to use for that session. Supports most all wireless adapters ??? that is, those that are installed with an NDIS 5.x driver (or later). This would include wireless adapters running on Windows 2000, XP and Vista. Can be run in ???Demo??? mode ??? so, even if you don???t have a wireless adapter attached to your desktop or laptop machine you can still experiment with the application to see whether it suits your needs.

therealjunkman
therealjunkman

And, I'd like to see the text describing the tools, not all of us know everything about every tool... I see nothing but a screen shot of one tool. So am I missing something, or what? Thanks.

Ravensclaw999
Ravensclaw999

I wonder why you say its "free" but it is only "free" for thirty days then you have to pay its not free is it Maybe report about "Free" tools I work in a school it is hard for me to purchase software to monitor school networks as budgets are few and far between Cheers :)

computerbob
computerbob

yes, free, if you don't mind changing your search provider, load other stuff...come on, no wonder my security program was telling me "no" and was blocking it!!

n46130
n46130

For a high tech site, you have the poorest download technique. Most sites have a simplw download button. As far as i am concerned, you need to look at your competition.

BP-TechDev
BP-TechDev

Wow! It amazes me how often readers don't show much gratitude for -free- information. It seems that the critic in readers comes out to, well to offer negative comments or propose a different solution for the writer to write about. I'd like to thank TechRepublic for the informative emails and generous offerings guiding us to a host of free resources & solutions. I'm not affiliated with TechRepublic, rather I'm a grateful reader who might suggest to the critics to simply appreciate the work the TechRepublic writers put into their work as they prepare their information for us- the readers. As for the "what-abouts", here's one solution for you: (enjoy) 1: CommView for WiFi http://www.tamos.com/products/commwifi/ 2: inSSIDer http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider-wifi-scanner 3: Wireless Wizard http://www.azulstar.com/ 4: Wireless Key Generator http://benchsoftware.com/index.php?action=home 5: WeFi http://www.wefi.com/

magic8ball
magic8ball

If you download from the cnet links then the cnet installers try to install toolbars and other bs. Most annoying. Really the best of these tools is inSSIDer. inSSIDer authors website: http://www.metageek.net/

manuelramoscaro
manuelramoscaro

Kismet, Aircrack, Backtrack Linux live, Wifislax Linux live... where they are???

Techkev
Techkev

To access the download page for these tools you must first click the link "check out this entry in our Five Apps blog". (Introduction - Note) From there you can click the name of the app and proceed to download it.

mconroy42
mconroy42

FREE?!?! Yeah the eval period of 30 days is free, but to buy it is $499!!! With the VoIP module is $999. One year licence w/o VoIP is $199 and they have an add-on for another $99 See for yourself on the authors site: http://www.tamos.com/order/index.php?js=1 Should we do our homework before using the FREE word?!?!?

mjrlynch
mjrlynch

So where is Wireshark on the list. It's a great packet sniffer to find out what devices are on the network or trying to gain access. You can filter it by MAC as well as the vendor ID on the MAC.

skorpio.2
skorpio.2

where is the download for this free tools?

Netlord69
Netlord69

That's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad!

Netlord69
Netlord69

I totally agree! The claim five FREE! tools for managing your wireless network borders on fraud. It is just another advertising deception. The download and install is FREE! but that is for the 30 day trial not to mention the extra toolbars I don't want. I don't need a 30 day trial. If I wanted information about a product I will search for them on Google and get it from the programmer. Seller agrees to provide to Company (or its subsidiaries, if such subsidiaries are designated as the contracting parties in the purchase order) (hereinafter referred to as ???Company???) the services ("Services") and/or goods (???Goods???), described in any purchase order, in accordance with these Terms and Conditions ("Agreement"). Upon downloading a FREE! program I consent to have my email loaded with Spam from the program developer and upon shipment of Goods or commencement of a Service, Seller shall be obligated to hammer the purchased program with advertisements from anyone they desire to allow to do so including all provisions set forth on the face of any applicable purchase order, whether Seller acknowledges or otherwise signs this Agreement or the purchase order, unless Seller objects to such terms in writing prior to shipping Goods or commencing Services. This writing does not constitute a firm offer, or guarantee the software developer will not go out of business and not provide support for said product and may be revoked at any time prior to acceptance. This Agreement may not be added to, modified, superseded, or otherwise altered, except by writing signed by an authorized COMPANY representative. Any terms or conditions contained in any acknowledgment, invoice, or other communication of Seller, which are inconsistent with the terms and conditions herein, are hereby rejected. To the extent that this Agreement might be treated as an acceptance of Seller???s prior offer, such acceptance is expressly made on condition of assent by Seller to the terms hereof and shipment of the Goods or beginning performance of any Services by Seller shall constitute such assent. COMPANY hereby reserves the right to reschedule any delivery or cancel any purchase order issued at any time prior to shipment of the Goods or prior to commencement of any Services. COMPANY shall not be subject to any charges or other fees as a result of such cancellation. It gets worse every time there is one of these FREE! deceptions placed in my email box. I am close to removing myself from any and all emails from TechRepublic. The worst is the "Free White Papers."

emk
emk

Wireshark is indeed an awesome tool, but unless you can configure a SPAN (mirror) port at the LAN and/or WAN interface of your home router, the only devices attempting to gain access you will see are those connecting directly to the machine where you are running Wireshark, not the network. Maybe you can configure a mirror port on the Linksys/Cisco WRT routers with DD-WRT firmware--I don't recall, and perhaps newer revisions are smarter and provide such capability, though unlikely for consumer level devices. Am I missing something?

ronniemac
ronniemac

check the text info, .... the name of the programme is in a different colour, click on it and it takes you to download page