Freeware wireless signal/SSID software for Windows


I'm looking for some freeware wireless signal/SSID software to run on a Vista laptop. One of the techs here where I work asked me what I use and I have a Macbook that I use for wireless troubleshooting and I thought I would ask others for their opinion.
The software has to be free and capable of running on Vista. I work at a school district and we cannot purchase any software for this.

Thanks in advance,
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Why not give vistumbler a try?

Otherwise, I suggest learning how to use netsh, which requires no installation.

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Do you want to be able to see other SSIDs or be able to modify the ones you are running?
ocockmAuthor Commented:

We would like to modify SSIDs.

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What kind of access points do you have?  Vendors usually ship software with their products, ie. Cisco, SonicWall, 3Com.  They allow the access points to be accessible via web interfaces that you can log in to and modify settings.

You can't just modify any SSID (which is actually a term for what you are calling the broadcast signal of the access point) you want - you need an interface, like a physical connection (sometimes a cable connected to the device via COM port or Ethernet jack) or a website you log in to.

Find out the IP address of the access point and see if you can go that address with a web browser. You'll need to log in but that's the first step to changing an SSID.
If you are just doing surveys, use InSSIDER from Metageek. Free and works on Vista as well as Win7.
Netstumbler has jumped the shark.
ocockmAuthor Commented:
thanks everyone
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