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you own an AirPort capable Mac, there will inevitably come a time
when you wonder why your wireless connection drops out in that one
room in your house. Or maybe you will want to know why, even though
your aren't far from your base station, your signal is weak. Or
maybe you will be on the road and realize you just absolutely have
to send that email... If only you knew if there were any access
ClassicStumbler scans for and displays
information about all the wireless access points in range. It will
display your signal strength, noise strength, signal to noise ratio,
what channel your access point is on, if other access points are
interfering with yours, and whether or not those access points are
providing encrypted, unencrypted, computer-to-computer, or
infrastructure type networks.
ClassicStumbler was created because
there weren't any other tools that met my requirements at the time.
ClassicStumbler doesn't really tell you anything that AirPort and
AppleScript together cannot tell you. But it does present this information
in an easy to use and understandable manner.
ClassicStumbler development is driven entirely by user input. If
you have any suggestions or bug reports, just send an email!
ClassicStumbler has been featured
twice now in the Japanese language magazine "MacPeople."
For nifty screenshots, take a look at the February 2003 issue of
the magazine. You can find version 1.5.2 on the CD-ROM and an article
on page 97. ClassicStumbler is also mentioned in the wireless network
setup guide titled Installing,
Troubleshooting and Repairing Wireless Networks by Jim Aspinwall
and published by McGraw-Hill. The version 1.5.2 software is included
on the accompanying CD-ROM.
ClassicStumbler is targeted at a very
specific subset of Mac users. Running the software on a computer
which does not meet these requirements may result in inconsistent
- Apple's AirPort software (tested w/ version 2.0.4 but should
work w/ 1.3.x as well)
- AppleScript and QuickTime (any version that runs on OS 8.5
or later should suffice).
- Mac OS 8.5, 8.5.1, 8.6, 9.0, 9.0.2, 9.0.3, 9.0.4, 9.1, 9.2,
9.2.1, or 9.2.2.
- 3MB of RAM
- One of the following:
- An internal Apple AirPort card
- A Lucent, Orinoco, Avaya, Agere, or Proxim WaveLAN PC
card (this program will not work with MacWireless, SkyLine,
or other third party cards).
- An Orinoco IEEE Turbo 11Mb PC card
- One of the following:
- A PowerBook G3 Series, PowerBook G3 Series Bronze Keyboard,
PowerBook G3 Series FireWire, or PowerBook G4 equipped with
one of the above cards
- An AirPort capable PowerMac G3 or G4 equipped with AirPort
- An iMac equipped with an AirPort card
- An iBook equipped with an AirPort card
- A PowerBook 2400, PowerBook 3400, or PowerBook G3 (aka
Kanga) equipped with one of the above PC cards.
not run on a PowerBook 190, 5300, or 1400. There are no plans to
add support for these computers to ClassicStumbler.
is a 1.8MB download. It comes as a Stuffed, binhexed, DiskCopy disk