NetSpot
NetSpot 2.3.509
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NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

NetSpot can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better.

NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load
What's New
Version 2.3.509:
  • Greatly improves Discovery Mode and introduces a number of awesome improvements and new features.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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NetSpot User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Cmoon reviewed on 24 May 2013
Very easy to use.

Pro-version, which is not free, activates other features.

Just what I was looking for.
[Version 2.1.400]


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L-P-Bagley commented on 23 May 2013
This new version fails to open on my Mac.
[Version 2.1.400]

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bbw7 replied on 24 May 2013
Care to share with us any details of your mac, i.e. model and OS, in order to make your comment useful?
burypromote

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L-P-Bagley replied on 24 May 2013
Sorry, the original comment came at initial posting to MacUpdate was intended to be a check point for the developer.

MacBook Pro 2.3GHz i7 w/ 16GB RAM running 10.8.3
Original update was in app and failed to run. Deleted app, all preferences and related files to re-install from fresh download direct from developers site. Same result... app fails to launch.
Same result if installed on a fresh, new user account with nothing other than basic OS running.
burypromote
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L-P-Bagley replied on 24 May 2013
Finally had time to trouble shoot a bit and found the problem.

Previous version was installed in a folder WITHIN the Utilities folder (where I normally keep my various network tools).

This version DOES run just fine if installed in Applications or Utilities folders. It DOES NOT run if in a subfolder within the Utilities folder.
burypromote
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Wts replied on 24 May 2013
I also confirm L P Bagley comments that this version (2.1.4) can not reside inside a sub folder within the Utility or Application folder. It has to be all by itself in the Application folder. In addition when I added the version number to the name ( NetSpot 2.1.4 ) it would not launch.

These are very weird conditions not to my liking however free is free is what you get.

(Mac OS X 10.6.8 iMac intel core duo )
burypromote
+3

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Jazzyguy reviewed on 20 Oct 2012
Good JOB!!! Excellent app in every way!
[Version 2.0.255]


burypromote
+3

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Macaccro reviewed on 06 May 2012
Simple, easy to use: just what I needed!
[Version 1.3.335]


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+3

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Bowlerboy_jmb reviewed on 30 Mar 2012
This is a great little utility to help you visualize the strength of your wireless network at various places in your home or office setting. I just used it to get confirmation that my Apple Express base station was not properly configured in regards to its ability to extend the range of my network, as flowing from my Apple Extreme base station, located near my desktop computers in my home office. I knew something was wrong, but seeing the color-coded depiction of the various levels of signal strength confirmed the faulty configuration and triggered me to go into the Airport Utility to correct the problem. Thanks to the this little tool, I finally got the ability to have a strong enough network signal to connect to the Internet and to my desktop Macs from anywhere within my house, including out on the porch.

Of course, I had the right devices: I just did not configure them correctly.

NetSpot pointed that out to me in a more dramatic fashion that another useful tool within this category, namely, AirRadar, which I also recommend. AirRadar scans all of the wireless networks within its earshot and can produce statistics along with a graph of the signal strength and noise. That is useful information to be sure. AirRadar creates its profile depending on the physical location of your laptop. If you physically move your laptop, your stats and graph will change.

NetSpot appears to use of that same snapshotting of a laptop's location in comparison to a base station, but it goes one step further than AirRadar (which is designed for a different purpose) in the sense that, when you create your mapping of your network, you physically carry your laptop from point to point and you direct NetSpot to take a survey of the signal strength of your network at that particular point. When you are all done carrying your laptop to your various locations, you stop the scanning, and NetSpot displays a color-coded map, overlaid on the diagram you previously drew of your home of office layout, to show you the relative strength of the network signal to each and every spot on your survey. That's cool!

The overall application would benefit from the addition of some basic instructions or a short instructional video to step you through things, so, if you're like me, you might find yourself a little lost in the beginning. But once you figure out how the app works, it's pretty easy to get your network mapping done.
[Version 1.3.335]


burypromote
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Neil_m commented on 14 Dec 2011
It's great, I'm amazed it's free - I mapped everywhere I'm using Wi-fi on a regular basis.
[Version 1.2.308]


burypromote
+9

Polocanada reviewed on 10 Nov 2011
Fantastic software. Worth between $1000 - $2000. That's price for a typical warehouse survey. This software is an incredible bargain.
[Version 1.1]


burypromote
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Bloemkool reviewed on 07 Nov 2011
It got me a heat map within a few minutes. Impressive !
[Version 1.1]


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Fabio Milocco reviewed on 02 Nov 2011
Fantastic software. Draw a map of your house and going around with the macbook analyzes the signal. Beautiful graphics and easy to use. Recommended.
[Version 1.1]


burypromote
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Sd_robert reviewed on 01 Nov 2011
5 star for user interface. 5 star - easy to use. 4 star for stability because of beta.
[Version 1.0.216]


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Ededed rated on 21 Apr 2014

[Version 2.3.509]



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Quiiick rated on 17 Apr 2014

[Version 2.3.509]



picklebreath rated on 25 Mar 2014

[Version 2.3.509]



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Quiiick rated on 31 Jan 2014

[Version 2.2.483]



Sblud rated on 14 Jan 2014

[Version 2.2.460]



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Alex8602 rated on 31 Oct 2013

[Version 2.2.460]



-TiTAN- rated on 30 Oct 2013

[Version 2.2.460]



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Quiiick rated on 30 Oct 2013

[Version 2.2.460]



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Quiiick rated on 27 Jul 2013

[Version 2.2.428]



+15

Quiiick rated on 24 Jul 2013

[Version 2.2.427]


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Version Downloads:2,317
Type:Utilities : Network
License:Free
Date:25 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

NetSpot can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better.

NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc.

You can also use NetSpot as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a heatmap of your network and you are ready to build the optimal configuration of a new Wi-Fi network and wise radio channels usage with minimal signal to noise ratio.


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