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stumbler dot net

Current information on the development of NetStumbler and MiniStumbler

Last Build Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:15:46 GMT


Review from
There's a thorough review of NetStumbler at Their rating is "Very Good" - thanks!

Helium Networks launches Wireless Recon
Congratulations to Helium Networks on the launch of their Wireless Recon product. Wireless Recon includes dedicated mapping hardware and software that combine to give you speedy and accurate site surveys. If you've used NetStumbler, then the SiteSense client may look rather familiar to you. Read the full press release here.

Super-cheap DIY Antennas
Making effective use of available materials: you can build a cantenna from plastic water bottles, window screen mesh, cheap coax cable, and valve stems.

List of cards that work
I've put up the "most reported to work" cards at This is based on a year of reports from users that were kind enough to send them in.

Offer of the day
Earlier I read today's hack a day post about GM Onstar. Of course I need to get hold of one so the soon-to-be-released 0.4.1 can include support for it. If you have one (or possibly a Motorola Oncore board) and would like it to go to a good home, please ...

Enhancing beacons
Brad Templeton suggests extending beacons to include additional local information (lat/long, address, factoids, directions, hotspot info, etc). This is a great idea; I look forward to adding support for it into NetStumbler.

Municipal Wireless
Everybody and their dog seems to be weighing in about Municipal Wi-Fi. Of course, they all have axes to grind and are taking the sides you would expect: the incumbent ISPs, telcos and cable companies are against it (sometimes in the form of poorly veiled "grassroots" organizations), while the community ...

What signal level should I consider usable for a good wireless link?
I get asked this question rather too often, so I'm posting my short answer here. The answer is rather more complex than it ought to be, and depends on a huge number of factors. The most important is the receive sensitivity of your equipment. Many manufacturers fail to publish this data, ...

Softpedia award
Softpedia has awarded NetStumbler 5 stars and a Softpedia Pick Award.

Wardriving is not a crime
According to a very well written and thorough article in the Virginia Journal Of Law & Technology, what we've been saying for over 3 years has been determined to be true: WarDriving is not a crime.