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NetSpot for Mac

By NetSpot Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 16, 2014

NetSpot for Mac lets you survey your Wi-Fi network to assess the quality of the connections provided in various areas of your home or office. Follow the instructions to complete your scan, and find out where the best and worst connections are located.

Pros

Good data: The scan gives you a lot of information about how your Wi-Fi network is working and what kinds of connectivity issues you may be having. Even if it's not something you've given much thought to before, you'll be glad to see exactly what's going on in different areas of your office or home.

Heat-map readout: To show you the varying levels of connectivity that your network has in different parts of the space you're scanning, the app uses a nice heat-map-like readout. With the data presented in this way, you can see at a glance where issues exist, and you don't need to have any level of technical knowledge to read the report clearly.

Helpful help: The Tutorial and Tips that come along with this program give a complete overview of the program and its features. The app also walks you through the process of completing a scan, so you can be sure you're doing it right even if you've never used a program like this before.

Cons

Limited free version: The free version of this app runs smoothly, but it still has a lot of limitations compared to the paid options. For instance, you can only scan one zone per project, with one snapshot per zone in the free app, and limits like this don't exist in the Pro version. To upgrade, the cost is $149.

Bottom Line

No matter why you're configuring your Wi-Fi network, it's important to know what's working and where trouble spots may exist. This app provides you with the tools to get this information quickly and accurately, and you can try it for free before deciding if you'd like to invest in the more versatile Pro version.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.13.1013

Version 2.13.1013 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Release December 29, 2020
Date Added December 29, 2020
Version 2.13.1013

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite

Popularity

Total Downloads 208,540
Downloads Last Week 19
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Developer's Description

NetSpot 2 is the only professional app for wireless site survey, Wi-Fi analysis and troubleshooting on Mac OS X. All you need to conduct comprehensive wireless site survey is your MacBook running Mac OS X 10.10+, NetSpot works over any 802.11 network. Analyze your Wi-Fi Coverage NetSpot is the easiest native wireless site survey software for Mac. You need just a few clicks to load your office plan or area map and start a network site survey.
Just point to where you are on the map and NetSpot starts measuring wireless signal right away, move around, and collect Wi-Fi data. That's it: now you have all the needed info to analyze radio signal leakages, discover noise sources, map channel usage, locate effective access points. Visualize Your Wireless Network Efficiency-wise, your Wi-Fi network needs hotspots placed correctly and radio channels assigned in a proper way: the visual Wi-Fi map you get thanks to NetSpot lets you see all dead zones without coverage and optimize hotspots' placements; you can see channels' load and decide how to use them ideally.

Wireless Network Planning NetSpot is also an amazing wireless survey tool for Wi-Fi planning. Load a map, collect some wireless site survey data, build a comprehensive heatmap of your network. Now viewing each channel separately is as easy as a pie. Once you locate an empty channel with no wireless networks - it's the optimal selection for a new Wi-Fi network. NetSpot also lets you easily select channels for new Wi-Fi hotspots with minimal signal to noise ratio. Troubleshoot Wireless Networks Thanks to new Troubleshooting visualizations you can easily and quickly identify connectivity and wireless interference issues, find sources of excessive noise, resolve Wi-Fi configuration problems, and get automated professional advice on every issue visualized by NetSpot Pro.