NetSpot

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NetSpot
Developer(s) NetSpot
Stable release 2.2
Operating system Mac OS X
Type Wireless site survey
License Free
Website netspotapp.com

NetSpot is a software tool for Wireless networks assessment, scanning and surveys, analyzing Wi-Fi coverage and performance.[1] It runs on Mac OS X 10.6+ and supports 802.11n, 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g wireless networks. NetSpot uses the standard Wi-Fi network adapter and its Airport interface to map radio signal strength and other wireless network parameters and build reports on top of that. NetSpot was released in August, 2011 [2] and now available at MacApp Store.[3]

Functionality[edit]

NetSpot provides all professional Wi-Fi site surveys features and maps Wi-Fi coverage of a living area, office space, buildings, etc.[4] It provides visual data to help analyze radio signal leakages, discover noise sources, map channel usage, optimize Access Points locations. Additionally, the application is capable of performing Wi-Fi network planning: the data that are collected help to select channels and placements for new Wi-Fi hotspots. NetSpot can generate survey reports in PDF format.

NetSpot is usually used for[edit]

  • Wi-Fi mapping;
  • Network optimization;[5]
  • Creating WiFi signal strength map;[6]
  • Wi-Fi network trouble-shooting;[7]
  • Wireless network visualisation [8]
  • Wi-Fi signal problems diagnosing;[9]
  • Wireless network coverage analyzing.[10]

Release history[edit]

Version Platform Release date Notes and significant changes
1.0.216, Macintosh August 2011
  • Initial public release.[11]
1.1.259 Macintosh November 2011
  • Ability to draw your map right inside of NetSpot.
  • Added “Signal to interference ratio” visualization [12]
1.2.308 Macintosh December 2011
  • New improved advanced algorithm for APs' locations detection.
  • Detection of different networks transmitted by the same AP, their signals are ignored when building an interference map.
1.3.335 Macintosh July 2012
  • New project wizard.
  • Mountain Lion compatibility.[13]
2.0 Macintosh October 2012
  • New Wireless Discover Mode
  • Manual Re-location of APs
  • PRO and Enterprise versions were introduced.[14]
2.1 Macintosh May 2013
  • New "Frequency Band Coverage" visualization
  • New "PHY Mode (a/b/g/n) Coverage" visualization
  • The Scan Interval can be adjusted in Discover mode
  • New Advanced Export for generating customizable PDF reports
  • Frequency data can now be viewed in Discover mode[15]
2.2 Macintosh August 2013
  • Full support of IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard
  • Alternative detailed view of data points indicators
  • Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

See also[edit]

  • iStumbler - An open source utility for finding wireless networks and devices in Mac OS X.
  • KisMAC - A wireless network discovery tool for Mac OS X.
  • WiFi Explorer - A wireless network scanner for Mac OS X.

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