Troubleshooting WiFi Connection Issues
It’s not unheard of for wireless home routers to deliver less than stellar performance. Sometimes, the signal is strong in one area and extremely weak or non-existent in another one. Many Wi-Fi users also notice that their internet speeds tend to fluctuate during the day, becoming progressively slower as neighbors return home from work and school.
Most of these issues are caused by poor router placement and outside interference. While it’s possible to solve them by trial and error, it’s much more efficient to use a capable wireless site survey and troubleshooting tool like NetSpot.
NetSpot is available on computers running macOS and Windows, and it can quickly reveal areas of channel interference and discover signal weak spots. NetSpot supports all modern wireless encryption protocols and works over any 802.11 network.
NetSpot can measure signal strength and find nearby wireless networks that could be causing interference in two distinct ways. The Discover Mode instantly takes a snapshot of all networks within range, displaying the name, signal strength, encryption, and channel of every network it finds. This mode is perfect for a quick assessment of a wireless network signal strength in one location. It can also reveal which channels are most busy and which are unoccupied.
The second mode, called Survey, measures signal strength throughout an area. Users can upload their own area maps and map every square feet step by step. NetSpot then visualizes all the gathered data, creating a complete heatmap of the entire area. The Survey mode can easily reveal places with weak signal, often near appliances and electric wires, and hint at the ideal location for a wireless extender.
With NetSpot, it’s possible to troubleshoot most Wi-Fi issues without having to wait for a technician to come over and use a similar tool to do the same.