I was wondering if we can use a third party program, besides "Network and Sharing Center," to find WiFi networks.

Is there a popular and recommended application for Windows 7 that finds WiFi networks?


I would say that NetStumbler is the most popular. It does not officially support Windows 7 (Thank you to paradroid for pointing that out), however I did find a site that shows how to configure it to make it work with Windows 7, and it will hopefully work for you.



This one is also very popular, and pretty well reviewed.

http://download.cnet.com/inSSIDer/3000-2085_4-10848357.html?tag=mncol;1 (32-bit)

http://download.cnet.com/inSSIDer-64-bit/3000-2085_4-75317291.html?tag=mncol;2 (64-bit)

  • NetStumbler is my favourite. It's particularly interesting to let it run on my laptop as I drive through town, then see the fascinating variety of SSID names ("linksys" is the most common, and I've also seen creative uses of profanities in a small-but-noticeable number of them). Jun 19 '11 at 15:44
  • @paradroid: inSSIDer.
    – Hello71
    Jun 19 '11 at 15:55
  • +1, but, NetStumbler does not work on Vista onwards. inSIDDer is needed anything after XP.
    – paradroid
    Jun 19 '11 at 15:59
  • @Hello71: I left it over 5 mins to edit my comment, so I deleted it and added it again, adding the first two words. Now I see your reply, however, I have no idea what it means.
    – paradroid
    Jun 19 '11 at 16:05
  • @paradroid Thank you for the update. I will edit my answer. I also did find a site to show how to make it work.
    – KCotreau
    Jun 19 '11 at 16:08

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