What is the difference between NetSpot versions – Free, Scanner, Reporter, Home, PRO, and Enterprise?

NetSpot has 6 versions available right now: NetSpot Free can be downloaded directly from our website and upgraded to Home, PRO or Enterprise (macOS and Windows) and two versions are available on the Mac App Store. We understand that when you are just getting to know NetSpot, choosing the right version may seem a little confusing, so we’ll try to explain the differences between these options comprehensively.

Mac App Store:

NetSpot Scanner is more or less similar to NetSpot Home (available for the upgrade on our website). Both are limited to personal use, with limitations on the size and scope of the scanning project. Two visualizations (SNR and SIR) only, limited to 1 zone, 1 snapshot, 50 data points,1 AP visualized, etc. (please see the chart below for a more visual comparison).

NetSpot Reporter is similar to NetSpot PRO (available for the upgrade on our website). Both can be used for commercial projects and have greatly expanded capabilities.

IMPORTANT! NetSpot WiFi Reporter adds advanced visualizations and powerful reporting features to the NetSpot WiFi Scanner and DOESN’T work without the latter installed.

If they are so similar, why do they have different names?

The reason is that Apple imposes certain limitations on the apps sold in the Mac App Store. The versions in the App Store (Scanner and Reporter) can not have the full capabilities of the versions sold on our website (Home and PRO). The biggest difference is that the versions from the App Store do not have Discover Mode. There are other, smaller differences as well. Please see the chart below for easier visual comparison. Click the feature name in the left column to learn more about it.

NetSpot Wi-Fi analyzer for Windows is released

In short, if you want the fullest capabilities and the most frequent updates, please consider purchasing of the Home, PRO (or Enterprise) version directly from our website. However, if you buy the Reporter version from the App Store and decide later that you need the Home or PRO version, there is an upgrade discount available — please email us with your request, along with your proof of purchase from the App Store (preferably, your Apple Store receipt).

Mac App Store
NetSpot Scanner NetSpot Reporter (doesn’t work without NetSpot Scanner)
Price $7.99 $39.99
OS macOS only macOS only
Discover Mode No No
Version 2.13 2.13
Updates Basic ones Less frequently
Support No Basic
License Use Non-commercial Commercial
Zones Per Project 1 zone 50 zones
Snapshots Per Zone 1 snapshot 50 snapshots
Data Points Per Project 50 data points Unlimited
Number of Visualizations Only 2 (SNR, SIR) 15 Pro visualizations
Maximum Number of APs Visualized Only 1 Unlimited
AP Grouping Not available 6 grouping options plus custom groups
Export Capability Current visualization in PDF only Advanced customizable reports
Active Scanning Capability No Yes
Hidden SSIDs Supported No Yes
Autosaving Capability No Yes
Multi-floor surveys No Yes
Adjust Area Type No Yes
Rename APs No Yes
Cross-Project Imports No Yes
Website
NetSpot Free NetSpot Home NetSpot PRO & Enterprise
Price free $49.00 starts at $149.00
OS macOS Windows macOS Windows macOS Windows
Discover Mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Version 2.13 2.13 2.13 2.13 2.13 2.13
Updates More frequently More frequently More frequently
Support Basic Priority Priority
License Use Non-commercial Non-commercial Commercial
Zones Per Project No No 2 zones 2 zones 50 zones or unlimited 50 zones or unlimited
Snapshots Per Zone No No 2 snapshots 2 snapshots 50 snapshots or unlimited 50 snapshots or unlimited
Data Points Per Project No No 50 data points 50 data points 500 data points or unlimited 500 data points or unlimited
Number of Visualizations No No Only 3 (Signal, SNR, SIR) Only 2 (Signal, SIR) 16 Pro visualizations 12 Pro visualizations
Maximum Number of APs Visualized No No Only 5 Only 5 Unlimited Unlimited
AP Grouping No No By SSID Only By SSID Only 6 grouping options plus custom groups 6 grouping options plus custom groups
Export Capability None None None None Advanced customizable reports Advanced customizable reports
Active Scanning Capability No No No No Yes Yes
Hidden SSIDs Supported No No No No Yes Yes
Autosaving Capability No No No No Yes Yes
Multi-floor surveys No No No No Yes Yes
Adjust Area Type No No No No Yes Yes
Rename APs No No No No Yes Yes
Cross-Project Imports No No No No Yes No
updated: February 10, 2021 author: Alex
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