In order for NetSpot to accurately survey the Wi-Fi signals in your space, you need to start with an accurate map. If you don’t have a map, here are a few options:
- Draw a map using NetSpot’s own integrated drawing program, which is only available in NetSpot for Mac (see “How do I draw a new map?”).
- Contact the building owner or your local County Clerk’s office (where property deeds are registered) and ask if you can get a copy of the architectural blueprints for the building. Scan and save the blueprints on your computer.
- Draw a map of your own on graph paper. Scan and save the map on your computer.
- Draw a map using an illustration program, or a building design program such as My Four Walls. One user recommended a very interesting apps available for iPhone and iPad: MagicPlan and for Android: CamToPlan.
The following tips should help you get the best results from your maps:
- Maps need to be saved as one of the following file types before they can be imported into NetSpot: GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF or PDF (but only the first page of a multi-page PDF).
- Ideally, maps should be black and white with no other colors. The map background should be white. If the background is another color, try lightening it using a photo editing program.
- If you have a very large area to scan, we recommend breaking up the map into sections and uploading those sections as separate zones. The maximum size map we recommend is 3000 x 2000 pixels.
- How fast your map updates during scans depends on how much RAM your laptop has. 4 GB of RAM will give you an optimal experience with larger maps. If you have less RAM and are bothered by slow scans, simply decrease the size of your map.