In this case, the eye candy is free, but you only get one chance at a first impression, so the more attractive the icon, the more eyeballs get, well, attracted.
It’s not like Mac users have difficulty finding nearby networks. Every Mac is wireless capable these days, and the built-in Airport utility in the Menubar makes it simple to find nearby Wi-Fi networks.
For Mac users on a budget but who want to find even more networks, there’s LanScan, a free app that scans your local network and finds whatever is attached.
There’s not much to LanScan but the results justify the installation. It will auto detect whatever is connected to your local network at home or office, display the IP address, the MAC address, vendor information, and more.
LanScan works with Airport, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and whatever devices might be connected and discoverable on the network.
LanScan is free, and the interface reflects the price tag. Clear results from a click on the Clear Results button in the Toolbar. Click the green start button to start the scan.
It’s fast and simple but doesn’t give enough information. Where’s device name? Or, Mac name? You get the idea. Minimalist, indeed. You get what you pay for.