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It's a tool
Authored by: mumkin on Jul 02, '02 02:34:11PM
I'm glad you overcame your reservations and posted this. MacStumbler is a very handy app for all sorts of legal uses. Unlike some other stumbling apps, it does not include tools for wep-cracking or sniffing, and is purely a network discovery tool.

Its chief feature - ie, discovering and displaying the wireless networks you can receive - is simply an improvement over the airport menu, where access points appear and disappear unheralded. Conveniently, MacStumbler also tells you what channel the AP is broadcasting on, which helps you to avoid interference if you're setting up another AP nearby. Signal strength and interference values allow you to test the effective boundaries of coverage, so that it becomes apparent whether the apartment building across the street might unintentionally have access to your network.

And it lets you know if WEP is enabled or not. Sure, the fact that an AP isn't running WEP can't be construed as an open invitation, but you can certainly interpret WEP as a big Do Not Disturb sign. Anyway, how else is one supposed to easily spot public nodes which invite free connections and broadcast an SSID to that effect?

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