wireless networking - Is there an open source alternative to inSSIDer?

  • Rodney

    inSSIDer was a great tool for scanning wireless networks on Windows, but the newest version has gone from open source to closed source. The For Home edition only allows for personal use and not business use (EULA doesn't state this currently, but contacting the company revealed they plan on changing the EULA).

    Are there any alternatives that are free to use for personal or at work?

    Windows 7 64-bit compatibility is required so NetStumbler is out.

    I suppose one option would be to use inSSIDer version 2 which is still open source but no longer maintained. I'd expect that it will stop working eventually though.

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  • Mark Lopez

    Try Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector: http://www.xirrus.com/Products/Wi-Fi-Inspector

    Download from Cnet to bypass registration. http://download.cnet.com/Xirrus-Wi-Fi-Inspector/3000-18508_4-75758254.html

    Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector is closed source, however, its license is freeware. It should work well on Windows (x86-x64) XP - 7 (I have tested it on Windows 8).

    As for using the old version of inSSIDer, that would work. Based on my basic understanding of inSSIDer, inSSIDer uses Api's found in 90 (ish) percent of Windows computers, and I'll be willing to bet they will continue to be there. At the time that it fails to work (Windows 108 (128-bit)) there will be another program to replace it.

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    I tried "The Journal" by DavidRM, and it is a great software.

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    Open Journal Systems. From the Public Knowledge Project. - OJS will equal to that one .

    But you can have look so many other people are providing the same one ..

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    DiVA. From the the Electronic Publishing Centre at Uppsala University Library.

    DPubS. From Cornell University Library and Pennsylvania State University Libraries and Press.

    E-Journal. From Drupal.

    ePublishing Toolkit. From the Max Planck Gesellschaft.

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    HyperJournal. From the University of Pisa.

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    What about running a blogging software locally?

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  • Dark Reality

    I am looking as well. A couple suggestions (but note, while they are decent, I am still looking):

    1. Wiki on a Stick. Forget apache/IIS or any of that junk, this wiki just lives in one xhtml file. Any OS can use it, you just open it with whatever browser you like. I think it has password protection. Open source and free. Should even work on really old hardware, and smartphones. Use something like dropbox to sync it between machines.

    2. RedNotebook. Journal app proper for Windows. Might be a Linux version. There's a PortableApps.com version that can be run off a flash/portable, and they say most/all their apps run fine in WINE. WINE is a great tool for the windows-to-linux transition, although some would say it's kinda cheating.

    Hm. Come to think of it, maybe I should give RedNotebook another shot. I was just hoping to find something better... "The Journal" looks cool but for $50 he can keep it, haha. I mean he can do good work but while there are free alternatives, those pressed for cash can get far with free software.