If you’re like most Mac or PC users on Wi-Fi you know that wireless coverage in the home or office can be spotty and inconsistent. NetSpot is the Mac app that makes it easy to survey your wireless network.
Scan, Analyze, And Map, Oh My!
All it takes to improve your wireless network is NetSpot and a MacBook connected to your network. Then, walk around and let NetSpot scan and analyze the network.
NetSpot is free and actually fun to use and makes it child’s play to find network interference, weak reception areas, and dead zones.
First, use NetSpot to identify wireless networks in your home or office. Once a scan has been completed, NetSpot will deliver details of each network.
You get the basics, including the network name, security type, password requirements, signal strength, channel information and much more.
Here’s a sample of the information that NetSpot can display from nearby wireless networks.
NetSpot can also become a wireless network analyzer. Upload a floorplan of the area– home or office– that you need to analyze.
As you walk your MacBook around the home or office NetSpot creates a sort of heat map of the wireless network signals.
By changing the network channel you can improve reception to some areas.
NetSpot is actually fun to use. Not only does it monitor wireless network reception, but it gives you visual options to improve reception is weak or dead areas.
The free version provides unlimited multi-zone surveys, collects data from all nearby networks in real time, including security options, and supports most Wi-Fi network protocols.
The pro version can scan and monitor multiple floors, find hidden networks, has troubleshooting options, zone snapshots, network grouping, and much more. All from your MacBook as you walk around surveying nearby wireless networks.