Using your Android device as a remote sensor

June 19th, 2024|WiFi Explorer Pro, WiFi Explorer Pro 3|

The remote sensor feature in WiFi Explorer Pro 3 and WiFi Explorer Pro for Windows allows you to scan for wireless networks using a Linux- or Android-based device while retaining full access to WiFi Explorer's visualization, filtering, and advanced [...]

Introducing WiFi Explorer Pro for Windows

February 27th, 2024|WiFi Explorer, WiFi Explorer Pro 3|

For many years, WiFi Explorer has been Mac's leading Wi-Fi scanner and analyzer and the preferred choice for many WLAN professionals and enthusiasts. After announcing our desire to offer a similar alternative for Windows users, we're excited to introduce [...]

WiFi Explorer Lite now available on the Windows Store

July 24th, 2023|WiFi Explorer, WiFi Explorer Pro 3|

WiFi Explorer's been Mac's leading Wi-Fi scanner and analyzer for many years and the preferred choice for many WLAN professionals. Last October, we announced our desire to make WiFi Explorer available on Windows, too. After making substantial progress during [...]

Building your own remote sensor with 6 GHz support

December 1st, 2022|Airtool, Airtool Pi, WiFi Explorer Pro 3, WLPC|

Even though Macs don't support Wi-Fi 6E, WiFi Explorer Pro 3 and Airtool 2 offer visibility into the 6 GHz band when using remote sensors that can scan or capture traffic on 6 GHz. One of these remote sensors is the [...]

The Multiple BSSID element: Improving airtime efficiency

August 24th, 2021|WiFi Explorer, WiFi Explorer Pro 3|

An access point (AP) can create two or more networks on the same Wi-Fi radio. This capability, known as Virtual AP (VAP), makes a single physical AP appear as if it were multiple APs. It allows APs to create separate [...]

A new filters cheat sheet for WiFi Explorer and WiFi Explorer Pro 3

August 10th, 2021|WiFi Explorer, WiFi Explorer Pro 3|

Starting in version 3.3 of WiFi Explorer and WiFi Explorer Pro 3, we've added new filtering capabilities, including the ability to filter by network attributes and information element fields. We've also changed the syntax for logical operators (and, or, not) and [...]

Capturing Wi-Fi packets on your Mac using external adapters

March 8th, 2021|Airtool, WiFi Explorer Pro, WiFi Explorer Pro 3|

If you don't have a remote sensor, you can still do packet captures on one or more channels using external USB Wi-Fi adapters. However, because we can't use external adapters natively as we do with the Mac's built-in Wi-Fi adapter, we need EASE (External Adapter Support Environment). 

Using a Raspberry Pi 4 as a remote sensor for WiFi Explorer Pro and Airtool

February 17th, 2021|Airtool, WiFi Explorer Pro, WiFi Explorer Pro 3|

This blog post will show you how to configure a Raspberry Pi 4 with an external Wi-Fi adapter to be used as a remote sensor in WiFi Explorer Pro and Airtool. We will assume you have a fresh installed Raspberry Pi 4 using Raspberry Pi OS.

What’s going on, Apple? – Part 2

February 5th, 2021|Airtool, WiFi Explorer Pro, WiFi Explorer Pro 3|

For years, packet capturing in the Mac using the built-in Wi-Fi adapter has always worked reliably out of the box, and it is one of the main reasons many Wi-Fi professionals love their Macs to do their jobs. Unfortunately, packet capturing is now broken in the new M1 Mac. 

Multi-channel captures in Airtool 2

February 2nd, 2021|Airtool|

Airtool 2 makes it possible to perform affordable, multi-channel captures using multiple remote sensors and Wi-Fi adapters. As each source (a sensor/interface combination) sends captured packets back, Airtool 2 automatically merges them to generate a single capture file or an aggregated live capture in Wireshark.

Column profiles in WiFi Explorer Pro 3

December 4th, 2020|WiFi Explorer Pro, WiFi Explorer Pro 3|

One of the useful features you can find in WiFi Explorer Pro 3 is custom column profiles. You can use profiles to define and display different sets of columns for specific troubleshooting tasks and scenarios. For example, you can create [...]

Using the WLAN Pi to scan for networks in WiFi Explorer Pro

September 24th, 2019|WiFi Explorer Pro|

The WLAN Pi is a device designed for assessing, testing, and troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks. It's a small computer based on the NanoPi Neo2 board that is pre-loaded with a comprehensive set of tools for Wi-Fi professionals, including Kismet, bettercap, [...]

Using external USB Wi-Fi adapters with WiFi Explorer Pro

January 19th, 2018|WiFi Explorer Pro|

For many years we've been asked to provide support for external USB Wi-Fi adapters in WiFi Explorer. Many of these adapters are either not compatible with macOS or require the use of proprietary drivers provided by the manufacturer of [...]

A practical introduction to Dynamic Frequency Selection

November 17th, 2017|WiFi Explorer Pro|

Have you ever wondered why certain channels in the 5 GHz band, more specifically in the 5.25-5.35 GHz (UNII-2) and 5.47-5.725 GHz (UNII-2e) frequency bands are (almost) never in use by Wi-Fi devices? Well, it happens that, worldwide, these [...]

Importing scan results from AirPort Utility into WiFi Explorer Pro

November 2nd, 2017|WiFi Explorer Pro|

Apple’s AirPort Utility for iOS includes a Wi-Fi scanner you can use to scan for nearby networks from your iPhone or iPad. Scan results are presented as a list and include only a few fields to describe the networks [...]

Using WiFi Explorer’s annotations in WiFi Signal

June 2nd, 2016|WiFi Explorer, WiFi Explorer Pro, WiFi Signal|

WiFi Signal offers a simple integration with WiFi Explorer that allows it to automatically import and display annotations. Annotations in WiFi Explorer are used for assigning custom labels to a particular access point. These custom labels can be used, [...]

Conversion of signal strength in dBm to percentage in WiFi Explorer

March 23rd, 2016|WiFi Explorer, WiFi Explorer Pro|

WiFi Explorer, as well as other wireless scanning tools, provides an option to display signal strength in dBm or percentage values. The purpose of this blog is to describe this conversion process in WiFi Explorer. It should also help [...]

Six things you probably didn’t know you could do in WiFi Explorer

May 5th, 2015|WiFi Explorer, WiFi Explorer Pro|

The design of WiFi Explorer aims to make it easy for non-technical users to troubleshoot home or a small office wireless networks, but also to provide IT and WLAN professionals a tool for preliminary assessments and troubleshooting of larger [...]

There’s nothing hidden about hidden networks

January 9th, 2014|WiFi Explorer, WiFi Explorer Pro, WiFi Signal|

Every now and then I'm told by users of WiFi Explorer that the app does not detect "hidden" networks. Unfortunately, this is true. The CoreWLAN framework used by WiFi Explorer, and other similar apps in the Mac App Store, [...]

Troubleshooting wireless networks with WiFi Explorer

February 11th, 2013|WiFi Explorer, WiFi Explorer Pro|

Wireless networks are everywhere and we use them everyday. However, there are many factors that influence the performance of wireless networks and getting the most out of them is not an easy task. In this post, I'll try to [...]

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