Meraki WiFi Stumbler
During the time I was working on my thesis, I had to do a quick Site Survey in order to prepare the testbed for my VoWLAN call tests. So I started looking for the software that did the “site survey” magic.
This kind of software (as you might already know) is called Stumbler. What a Stumbler basically does is taking a look at the wireless medium and search for active Access Points, as well as their SSIDs, the signal received, etc.
First of all, you don’t need to install it: it’s web-based, so it saves you the work of looking for the right installer for your OS and, of course, skip the installation requirements.
It has a friendly interface. Clean and easy to use and understand.
It shows you a graph of the channels versus the number of clients that are using each channel. Which is pretty useful to start doing the site survey. Why would I care that much about looking for a level of interference of channel 1 if I can see that there are 10 APs using it and that the channel 11 is clean?
It’s Java-based: I’m sorry, I really love Java. You might not need to install it (it’s not a installing requirement), but there’s a prerequisite: you need the JRE to use the Stumbler.
Here’s a video showing how it works. Pretty simple.
I’m aware that this may not be as complete as Netstumbler is, but I found Meraki Stumbler a very minimalistic yet clean approach for a quick “hey what’s going on around here?” survey.
What’s your favorite site survey software? Leave a comment!