Free Yahoo! Widget Brings Popular Wi-Fi Utility to Apple Mac Users

“WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.–Xirrus, Inc., the only Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that can replace Ethernet workgroup switches with Wi-Fi as the primary network connection, announced today the release of its popular Wi-Fi Monitor utility as a Yahoo! Widget for Apple Mac OS X.

Widgets are simple, mini-applications that run on a user’s computer desktop and provide quick access to useful information and functions.

Also available for Windows Vista and Windows XP, the Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor is a powerful tool for both end users and IT managers to monitor, secure, and troubleshoot their Wi-Fi networks. It provides much greater visibility into the Wi-Fi operation of a user’s laptop and the surrounding environment than what is available by default from the operating system.

The Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor provides an at-a-glance view of available Wi-Fi networks and their relative distance using a radar-like display. Additional details about Wi-Fi networks, connections, and adapters are shown on the widget face and a flyout window.

The Wi-Fi Monitor widget can be used for a number of practical applications, including:

Searching for Wi-Fi networks
Verifying Wi-Fi coverage
Displaying laptop Wi-Fi settings
Detecting rogue APs
Aiming Wi-Fi antennas

Since its initial introduction in November 2007 as a Windows Vista gadget, the Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor has quickly become one of the most popular Wi-Fi tools of its kind approaching 200,000 user downloads. The Yahoo! Widget extends the same functionality to Apple Mac OS users. A Linux version will be made available soon.

The Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor widget is available as a free download from the Xirrus website and will be posted soon on the Yahoo!, search for “Xirrus”.

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