NetSpot

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NetSpot
Developer(s) Etwok LLC
Initial release August 2011; 5 years ago (2011-08) (Mac OS X)
February 2016; 10 months ago (2016-02) (Windows)
Stable release
2.4.623 / September 2015; 1 year ago (2015-09) (Mac OS X)
1.0.0.334 / February 2016; 10 months ago (2016-02) (Windows)
Development status Active
Written in Objective-C
Operating system OS X v.10.6 +,
Windows 7-8-10
Platform x86
Available in English
Type Wireless site survey
License free, or paid
Website www.netspotapp.com

NetSpot is a software tool for wireless network assessment, scanning, and surveys, analyzing Wi-Fi coverage and performance.[1] It runs on Mac OS X 10.6+ and Windows 7-8-10 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 that. NetSpot was released in August, 2011[2] and available at MacApp Store.[3]

Functions[edit]

NetSpot provides all professional wireless site survey features for Wi-Fi and maps coverage of a living area, office space, buildings, etc.[4] It provides visual data to help analyze radio signal leaks, discover noise sources, map channel use, optimize access point locations. Also, the application can perform Wi-Fi network planning: the data that are collected help to select channels and placements for new hotspots. Survey reports can be generated in PDF format.

Usual uses[edit]

  • Mapping Wi-Fi
  • Mapping Wi-Fi signal strength[5]
  • Optimizing networks[6]
  • Trouble-shooting networks[7]
  • Visualizing wireless networks[8]
  • Diagnosing signal problems[9]
  • Analyzing wireless network coverage[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 a map inside of NetSpot
  • New visualization: Signal to interference ratio[12]
1.2.308 Macintosh December 2011
  • New improved advanced algorithm for APs' location 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
  • OS X Mountain Lion compatibility[13]
2.0 Macintosh October 2012
  • New Wireless Discover Mode
  • Manually relocate APs
  • Pro and Enterprise versions introduced.[14]
2.1 Macintosh May 2013
  • New visualizations: Frequency Band Coverage, PHY Mode (a/b/g/n) Coverage
  • The Scan Interval can be adjusted in Discover mode
  • New Advanced Export to generate 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
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks compatibility

See also[edit]

  • iStumbler – an open source utility to find 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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