System Utilities - AirPort Radar

Description:
AirPort Radar is a free and convenient tool for quickly scanning the area for AirPort and other wireless networks. It will work with AirPort cards, MacWireless 11g PC Cards, and 11g PCI cards. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is required.


Signal Strength at a Glance - Visual signal meters tell you the strength of the AirPort signal for an easy-to-read radar screen.

Sortable Network List - Click on a category to sort the list of networks by that category. Click on the radio waves symbol to sort by signal strength.

Connect to Open Networks - By simply clicking on the name you can connect to any network that is not password protected.

Remember Lost Networks - When a network falls "below radar" it won't disappear from your radar screen right away. This is particularly useful when a network is right on the threshold - with AirPort Radar it won't jump on and off the radar screen, it will just turn grey temporarily while it is too weak to connect to. You can choose how many scans a lost network stays on-screen with the "Scan Memory" setting on the back side of the widget.

Auto-Resizing for Various List Lengths - The AirPort Radar widget will automatically resize itself to accomodate longer or shorter lists of wireless networks.




Author: macwireless
Version: 1.01
New in v1.01: Bug fix release. Fixed several Javascript exceptions. AirPort Radar will now tell you if it is not installed properly.
Uploaded on: July 8th 2005 at 12:04 AM
Rating: (4.33 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 7002 (all versions), 5723 (this version)
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One of the greatest.widgets.ever. Excellent implementation, much better (read: space-saving) design than Air Traffic Controller. Other widget designers, please take a hint: YOUR WIDGET DOESN'T HAVE TO TAKE UP 50% OF THE DISPLAY.

Again, Macwireless: amazing work.

Posted by: dcharti on Jun 14, 05 (4:38 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

wow, good job yo.

FF

Posted by: fatherfork on Jun 14, 05 (6:05 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

A nice widget, well designed and works as advertised. It has one major problem though -- it does not deactivate when the Dashboard is hidden. Play nice!

Posted by: MigrantP on Jun 14, 05 (6:28 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Nice design. Great compliment to my Canary WiFi Detector. Thanks for making it small. Not sure I understood MigrantP's comment... How are you detecting that it's not deactivating?

Posted by: darkstream on Jun 14, 05 (10:12 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Cool. Nice and compact, yet it tells all the information you need at a glance. On my iBook it does deactivate when not shown, so that good as well.

Posted by: Ragashingo on Jun 14, 05 (2:33 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

You can monitor the status of the dashboard processes using "top -u" in Terminal or the Activity Monitor. It appears I spoke too soon for this widget though -- it's now deactivating properly. Perhaps what I saw was an infrequent bug..

Posted by: MigrantP on Jun 14, 05 (3:54 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Have to say it looks good! Nice and small, better than Air Traffic Controller. I've been waiting for something like this smiley

Posted by: weisheng on Jun 14, 05 (4:21 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

It seems to show some networks as password protected even when they are not. Other than that it seems like a very nice widget!

Posted by: gtoms on Jun 15, 05 (9:08 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Very nice.

Posted by: dukemeiser on Jun 24, 05 (3:35 AM) for version 1.01 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Very, very nice. Fully functional and very low screen usage, as everyone said.

One little detail which I appreciate is one whic other developer over look. Your Widget resizes before it flips over to the other side, making it a clean flip no matter what to content is before the transition.

Posted by: Garcon on Jun 28, 05 (11:30 PM) for version 1.01 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

i *think* this one is screwing up my wireless connection. My problem has disappeared twice when disabling this widget.

Posted by: Lundmark on Jul 05, 05 (10:15 AM) for version 1.01 (current version)  

Excellent widget. Not only does it put the info that I need in a small space, but it also provides me a quick way to change wireless networks when my cable goes down. I have run across two very minor bugs that I think were caused by this widget, but I have not been able to replicate either of them. All in all, it's a great addition to my Dashboard.

Posted by: JohnGaver on Jul 05, 05 (8:06 PM) for version 1.01 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

I've noticed when I'm using the Airport Radar widget that my hard drive is constantly active and that the application is using the CPU even when dashboard is not activated. As soon as I disable the widget, the activity and CPU usage improves. I think one of the appeals of dashboard is that widgets typically use system resources when the Dashboard has been activated. Any chance you're aware of this problem and that you're planning to fix it?

Posted by: GldFsh419 on Jul 10, 05 (1:17 PM) for version 1.01 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

... by the way, I forgot to mention I'm using version 1.02, from the macwireless website.

Posted by: GldFsh419 on Jul 10, 05 (1:19 PM) for version 1.01 (current version)  

Hm... I think I need a little assistance here. I keep getting the "Please install Airport Radar in your Widget folder and reload" error, even though it is located in my Widget folder (I have tried both the one in my home directory and the system folder). I dunno if it will make any difference but I'm using a Macbook Pro.

Posted by: Radan on Jul 04, 06 (1:29 PM) for version 1.01 (current version)  

Oh, never mind my old message. I downloaded the latest version from their website and now it works perfectly smiley

Posted by: Radan on Jul 04, 06 (1:34 PM) for version 1.01 (current version)  

I like this widget, BUT it seems to interfere with iTunes. When switching to dashboard, if this widget is running iTunes will always stall. Without this widget running iTunes continues smoothly. I guess this could be related to the memory usage issues noted above.

(2Ghz MacBook Pro)

Posted by: Russell on Apr 20, 07 (8:43 PM) for version 1.01 (current version)  

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