Review: Free and low-cost Wi-Fi stumblers for the Mac

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We recently reviewed low-cost Windows-based Wi-Fi stumblers. Now, here’s our take on wireless stumblers that run on Mac OS X for all you Apple fans.

The six products we looked at are: AirRadar 3, iStumbler, KisMAC2, NetSpot, WiFi Explorer and WiFi Scanner. Pricing ranges from free to $149, all at least require Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and most require an internal AirPort Wi-Fi card.

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We also wanted to include AirGrab WiFi Radar, inSSIDer Office and Kismet, but AirGrab and the popular open source Kismet program wouldn’t work on our MacBook Air (13-inch, early 2014) running OS X 10.10. The Mac Edition of inSSIDer Office was still in beta, but it looks nearly identical to the Windows Edition, which we recently reviewed.

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