Portable Network Stumbler
Connecting to the Internet while on the go is quite easy to do nowadays, especially since there are more and more hotspots one can use freely. All one needs is a device that supports wireless connections and a dedicated software to establish and manage the connection.
Among the many solutions available out there, Portable NetStumbler offers this functionality and has the advantage of being runnable from an USB flash drive or other portable storage device. A simple interface, with all the commands available promptly, make this tool one of the most sought-after in its category.
Portable NetStumbler can make use of pretty much any wireless adapter, so it is a smart choice especially if you plan to use it with a notebook or netbook. Ready to run right out of the box, the program starts scanning for available networks as soon as you open it.
If you have several wireless adapters connected to your system, picking the one you prefer can be done easily via the 'Device' menu. As soon as a WLAN is detected, Portable NetStumbler will display detailed information about it, organizing the data in its main window.
Thus, you can check out the MAC address as well as the SSID, along with the name of the wireless network. Other details like the type of encryption, signal, noise, IP address,not to mention the exact coordinates based on the latitude and longitude can be reviewed.
There are many built-in filters that Portable NetStumbler comes with, in order to help you find the WLAN that is best suited to your needs. You can filter networks by encryption (on or off), ESS (Extended Service Set) AP (Access Point), IBSS (Independent Basic Service Set) or Packet Binary Convolutional Code, to name just a few.
All in all, if you need to get connected quickly while on the go, Portable NetStumbler is definitely worth a shot. Easy to use and convenient thanks to the automatic scanning mode that is activate as soon as it is launched, the program remains one of the best of its kind.
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