Scan, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks.

WiFi Explorer is a Mac utility that allows you to scan, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks. It gathers configuration and capability information about all the networks it discovers and presents it on an easy-to-use, intuitive user interface.

Information includes network name (SSID), BSSID, vendor, channel, band, security configuration, supported data rates, and much more. It supports 802.11b/g/n networks in the 2.4 GHz frequency band, as well as 802.11a/n/ac in the 5 GHz frequency band.

Available on the Mac App Store and through Direct Purchase

WiFi Explorer


  • Easy-to-use, intuitive user interface
  • Graphical visualization of the wifi environment
  • Works with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless networks
  • Supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands as well as 20, 40, 80 and 160 MHz channels
  • Signal quality estimations based on signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)
  • Accurate conversion from dBm to percentage (%) for easier analysis and optimization
  • Detailed description of information elements (IE) advertised by the access point for advanced troubleshooting
  • Device name discovery of access points (if available)
  • Selectable and sortable columns
  • Customizable colors for easily tracking particular networks
  • Editable column for labels or annotations
  • Save results for later review and analysis
  • Export metrics and network details to CSV file format
  • Full screen mode
  • Comprehensive help
  • Runs in Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (requires a built-in Wi-Fi adapter)

WiFi Explorer Concept Map



Blog Posts

  • Troubleshooting Wireless Networks with WiFi Explorer

  • Six Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Do In WiFi Explorer

  • Other Resources

    If your network is comprised of Apple devices, I would strongly recommend this eBook where you'll find plenty of practical directions to work with Apple base stations and device clients to create the ultimate Wi-Fi network. You'll also find a run-through of WiFi Explorer so you can learn how to use the app to sort out all the networks around you and better manage your own base stations.
    Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network
    Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network
    by Glenn Fleishman