I'm frequently finding myself managing (and troubleshooting) an increasing number of networks that are (more or less) overrun with scores of 2.4GHz; 802.11; Wireless Access Points; and (for the most part) mobile Wi-Fi devices.

What would make my life easier is if I had a Kismet/Airodump style device and/or application that could help me to quickly discover which local Wi-Fi devices are within range (pretty standard so far, but here comes the challenge) and pinpoint (or approximate) the locations of arbitrary mobile network hosts in 3D-Space, by tracing the signals (that correspond to the unique MACs/BSSIDs) back to their individual Wireless Network Interface Cards.

In laymen's terms:
A system for detecting the presence, direction, and distance of local Wi-Fi Devices.
Just like a RADAR, or a metal detector, or a geiger counter.. you get the idea..

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    Nice idea. If you now could let us also know what OS that detector should run on? From the topic, certainly a mobile one, but which?
    – Izzy
    Dec 11, 2015 at 17:55
  • @Izzy I'm not sure if it even exists at the moment.. or does it? I would take whatever is available and adapt it to my purpose at this point to be honest.. ;p But any modern Unix based OS would be a good idea: GNU/Linux, Android, iOS, OS X.. Any of these platforms would be fantastic.
    – voices
    Dec 11, 2015 at 18:26
  • Even going by the same name: Wifi Radar for Android :)
    – Izzy
    Dec 11, 2015 at 19:29
  • @Izzy Hmm.. Sort of.. I actually have that already (and a few other attempts, ie. WiFiFoFum) on my Nexus|5. I think I'll probably end up having to build it myself from scratch to get what I want. :(
    – voices
    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:36
  • I have not tried it, so I only saw what its app description claimed. And according to that it should come pretty close. If it really does, consider answering your own question describing how it matches and where it fails. Of course this requires more matches than failures – so it should really be close and just missing "minor things". Otherwise include it with your question and point out what you miss.
    – Izzy
    Dec 12, 2015 at 12:35


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