NetSpot 1.0, the totally new network-related Mac application hits the market with its first public free beta version. The team behind the project claims it's the first software of this class to ever become available to regular users and to be delivered exclusively for Mac. So it's high time to see how exactly your wireless network operates in your office, house, campus, cafe, airport, or actually any building or area.
Up until now it has been a prerogative of enterprises to get access to WiFi network assessment software due to its unbelievable price tag. NetSpot changes this. NetSpot 1.0 Beta software is totally free and lets you conduct a wireless site (WLAN) survey of almost any complexity totally for free. Having all the needed tools to run a multizone site survey packed in a compact user-friendly interface, NetSpot boasts simple and fast data collection users of any computer level will master quickly.
NetSpot is a complete 802.11a/b/g/n site surveying software, and its main advantage over a number of existing monstrous solutions (in addition to its extreme simplicity) is the fact that you don't need any specific professional hardware to collect survey data. NetSpot uses the standard Wi-Fi network adapter and its Airport interface to map radio signal strength and other wireless network parameters and build powerful reports on top of that. So, everything you need to perform WLAN surveys is any MacBook with Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 on board.
Here's how it works: you load a map of your premise, specify real-life scale, and denote the borders of the survey area. Then you walk or drive the survey area pointing your position on the map and waiting a bit while NetSpot scans radio signals in that place. The more data you collect the more accurate the resulting report will be. Once you are done getting radio data, click "Stop Scan", NetSpot will do some calculations and switch to visualizations mode. This is where the real magic begins, and with just a few clicks you can build great reports on various signal and noise levels. Then within a single click you can export the report of your interest into PDF.
Thanks to NetSpot you can easily analyze any existing wireless network: map current Wi-Fi coverage, reveal coverage voids and channel usage, visualize overlapping APs, etc. You can also use NetSpot for Wi-Fi planning, network expansion, signal leakage detection and much more!
NetSpot is compatible with any Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or newer and is 64-bit ready. Mac OS Lion (10.7) is officially supported.
Again, NetSpot is completely free while being a beta; providing full spectrum of features required for a comprehensive wireless site survey, it doesn't require any additional expensive hardware and makes you forget about Windows-oriented software that costs thousands of dollars. With NetSpot for Mac you won't need any kext-drivers installed or multihour calls with tech support to make it work. While existing beta version may lack some advanced features, it is being actively developed and updated daily, and the team behind the project promises to deliver the best and only Wi-Fi networks survey tool for Mac users as a stable release very soon. A special release for Mac App Store is also planned. You can stay updated by visiting the project's website.