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WirelessNetView v1.

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Copyright (c) 2008 - 2015 Nir Sofer
Web site: http://www.nirsoft.net

Description
===========
WirelessNetView is a small utility that runs in the background, and
monitor the activity of wireless networks around you. For each detected
network, it displays the following information: SSID, Last Signal
Quality, Average Signal Quality, Detection Counter, Authentication
Algorithm, Cipher Algorithm, MAC Address, RSSI, Channel Frequency,
Channel Number, and more.

System Requirements
===================
* Wireless network adapter and wireless card driver that works with the
built-in wireless support of Windows XP/Vista/7/2008.
* Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows
XP with SP2/SP3. For Windows XP with SP2, it's recommended to install
the KB918997 update. To download this update, click here.

Known Issues
============
* 'Maximum Speed' and 'PHY Types' columns display incorrect values on
Windows XP.

Versions History
================
* Version 1.68:
o Added 'Auto Size Columns On Update' option.
* Version 1.67:
o Fixed WirelessNetView to detect and calculate the maximum speed
of 802.11ac networks (On Windows Vista or later).
* Version 1.66:
o WirelessNetView now displays 'Cannot find wireless adapter !'
message in the bottom status bar when there is no wireless adapter...
* Version 1.65:
o Added 'Connect' option (supported only on Windows Vista/7/8 or
later), which tries to connect the selected wireless network.

* Version 1.61:
o Added accelerator keys to the Update Rate menu.
* Version 1.60:
o Fixed bug: WirelessNetView failed to remember the last
size/position of the main window if it was not located in the primary
monitor.
* Version 1.59:
o Added 'Always On Top' option.
* Version 1.58:
o Added secondary sorting support: You can now get a secondary
sorting, by holding down the shift key while clicking the column
header. Be aware that you only have to hold down the shift key when
clicking the second/third/fourth column. To sort the first column you
should not hold down the Shift key.
* Version 1.57:
o Added 'Force Negative RSSI' option. Some wireless adapters or
drivers under Windows XP, randomly returns positive RSSI value
instead of negative number. If you check this option, WirelessNetView
will automatically turn the positive RSSI value to nagative in order
to fix this problem.
* Version 1.56:
o Fixed issue: On a wireless network with multiple access points,
WirelessNetView displayed all access points as connected.
* Version 1.55:
o Added 'Advanced Options' window (F9), which allows you to choose
the wireless network adapter that will be used to scan the wireless
networks. This option is useful if you have multiple wireless network
adapters.
* Version 1.50:
o Added 'BSS Type' column - Infrastructure or Ad-Hoc.
* Version 1.46:
o Fixed the flickering problem on Windows 7.
* Version 1.45:
o Added 'Auto Size Columns+Headers' option, which allows you to
automatically resize the columns according to the row values and
column headers.
o Fixed bug: WirelessNetView failed to load the external MAC
addresses file (oui.txt) when every line has 2 leading space
characters. (Sometimes this file is provided with leading space
characters, I don't really know why...)
* Version 1.43:
o Added 'MAC Address Format' option: XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX ,
XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX , or XXXXXXXXXXXX
* Version 1.42:
o Added 'Connected' column, which shows whether you are connected
to this network.
* Version 1.41:

o The 'Maximum Speed' column now displays the correct speed of


802.11n networks (Only on Windows 7/Vista/2008)
o The 'PHY Types' columns now displays whether the network is
802.11g or 802.11n (Only on Windows 7/Vista/2008)
* Version 1.40:
o Added 'Start As Hidden' option. When this option and 'Put Icon On
Tray' option are turned on, the main window of WirelessNetView will
be invisible on start.
* Version 1.38:
o Added '% Detection' column.
* Version 1.37:
o Added 'Mark Odd/Even Rows' option, under the View menu. When it's
turned on, the odd and even rows are displayed in different color, to
make it easier to read a single line.
* Version 1.36:
o Added 'Mark The Best Secured Network To Connect' option.
* Version 1.35:
o Added 'Network Security Filter' option (under the Options menu),
which allows you to choose to display only secured networks, only
unsecured networks, or both.
* Version 1.30:
o Added 'Clear Networks List' option which allows you to clear the
accumulated wireless networks list.
* Version 1.27:
o Added 'Add Header Line To CSV/Tab-Delimited File' option. When
this option is turned on, the column names are added as the first
line when you export to csv or tab-delimited file.
* Version 1.26:
o Added /sort command-line option.
* Version 1.25:
o Added 'Very High' update rate.
o Added command-line options to save the current detected wireless
networks to text/html/csv/xml file.
* Version 1.22:
o Fixed issue: When WirelessNetView window is hidden and there is
an icon in the taskbar, running WirelessNetView again will open the
existing instance of WirelessNetView, instead of creating another one.
* Version 1.21:
o Added 'Maximum Speed' column.
* Version 1.20:
o Added 'Restart Windows Wireless Service' (Ctrl+R) option.
Sometimes, the wireless service of Windows XP stop working from
unknown reason or it's stopped by another wireless network software.
This option allows you to easily restart the sevice when something
goes wrong.
o Fixed bug: When plugging a Wi-Fi USB adapter while
WirelessNetView is already running, WirelessNetView couldn't detect
any network, and you had the close and run it again in order to get

it work.
* Version 1.16:
o Fixed bug: WirelessNetView created XML with invalid characters.
* Version 1.15:
o Fixed issue: When WirelessNetView detect more than one network
with the same SSID, it'll be dispalyed as a separated item.
* Version 1.12:
o New option: Beep On New Network.
* Version 1.11:
o Added update rate (low/medium/high).
* Version 1.10:
o Added new columns: MAC Address, RSSI, Channel Frequency, and
Channel Number.
o Add 'Company Name' column that display the company name according
to the MAC address (Requires to download an external file, see below).
o WirelessNetView now can also work without KB918997 update,
although when this update is not installed, some of the column values
won't be displayed.
* Version 1.03:
o Added new option: Put Icon On Tray.
* Version 1.02:
o New option: Mark The Best Network To Connect - Mark the network
with the highest signal value that doesn't require a network key.
o Added 'PHY Types' column.
* Version 1.01:
o Added support for saving as comma-delimited text file.
o Fixed bug: The main window lost the focus when the user switched
to another application and then returned back to WirelessNetView.
* Version 1.00: First release.

Using WirelessNetView
=====================
In order to start using WirelessNetView, simply run the executable file WirelessNetView.exe
After running it, the main window displays the list of all wireless
networks detected on your area. The list is automatically updated every
10 seconds, so you can see the changes in networks signal. Also, if new
wireless networks are detected, they'll be added to the list.

The 'Company Name' Column


=========================
Starting from version 1.10, WirelessNetView allows you to view the
company name of each wireless device. The company name is determined
according to the MAC address. However, in order to get this feature, you
must download the following external file, and put in the same folder of

WirelessNetView.exe: http://standards.ieee.org/develop/regauth/oui/oui.txt
Be aware that you must save it as 'oui.txt'

Translating WirelessNetView to other languages


==============================================
In order to translate WirelessNetView to other language, follow the
instructions below:
1. Run WirelessNetView with /savelangfile parameter:
WirelessNetView.exe /savelangfile
A file named WirelessNetView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of
WirelessNetView utility.
2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text
editor.
3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally,
you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site.
(TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information,
it'll be used in the 'About' window.
4. After you finish the translation, Run WirelessNetView, and all
translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
If you want to run WirelessNetView without the translation, simply
rename the language file, or move it to another folder.

Command-Line Options
====================

/stext <Filename>
Save the list of wireless networks into a regular text file.
/stab <Filename>
Save the list of wireless networks into a tab-delimited text file.
/scomma <Filename>
Save the list of wireless networks into a comma-delimited text file (csv).
/stabular <Filename>
Save the list of wireless networks into a tabular text file.
/shtml <Filename>
Save the list of wireless networks into HTML file (Horizontal).
/sverhtml <Filename>
Save the list of wireless networks into HTML file (Vertical).
/sxml <Filename>
Save the list of wireless networks into XML file.
/sort <column>
This command-line option can be used with other save options for sorting
by the desired column. If you don't specify this option, the list is
sorted according to the last sort that you made from the user interface.
The <column> parameter can specify the column index (0 for the first
column, 1 for the second column, and so on) or the name of the column,
like "SSID" and "Last Signal". You can specify the '~' prefix character

(e.g: "~SSID") if you want to sort in descending order. You can put
multiple /sort in the command-line if you want to sort by multiple
columns.
Examples:
WirelessNetView.exe /shtml "f:\temp\wireless.html" /sort 2 /sort ~1
WirelessNetView.exe /shtml "f:\temp\wireless.html" /sort "~Security
Enabled" /sort "SSID"
/nosort
When you specify this command-line option, the list will be saved without
any sorting.

License
=======
This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely
distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any
other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you
distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution
package, without any modification !

Disclaimer
==========
The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed
or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not
be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages
due to loss of data or any other reason.

Feedback
========
If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my
utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com