Use NetSpot as a Wireless Network Analyzer

NetSpot is the perfect tool to analyze your wireless network. With its heatmapping capabilities, it can easily help you identify dead spots and optimize your access point locations. In addition, NetSpot can help you analyze your WLAN interference to determine the best WiFi channels to be used by your access points. A professional report can easily be assembled that provides a complete analysis of your wireless network.

Here's How to Use NetSpot as a Wi-Fi Analyzer


Step 1

Upload a floorplan

Open NetSpot and upload a floorplan of the area you wish to analyze.

Wireless Network Analyzer

Step 2

Complete the site survey

Complete the site survey, using the directions in the NetSpot Knowledgebase. How do I start my Wi-Fi survey?

WLAN Complete Analyzer

Step 3

Analyze the heatmap

Analyze the resulting Signal-to-Noise Ratio heatmap that is displayed. Look for areas of dark blue and purple. These are spots where coverage may be inadequate.

Analyze WiFi Signal Strength

Step 4

Adjust the heatmap

Adjust the Signal-to-Noise heatmap if desired, by changing the min and max signal variables on the sliders in the visualization config popup, as well as the AP detection proximity.

Signal-to-Noise Ratio WiFi Analyze

Step 5

View the heatmap

View the Signal-to-Noise Ratio heatmap by specific network, if desired. Go to the control panel to the left of the heatmap and uncheck the boxes next to the names of the networks you do not want displayed.


Step 6

Analyze your Wi-Fi network

Analyze your Wi-Fi network by specific channel, if desired. Click on Configure > Select Networks by Channel at the bottom of the control panel to select the desired channel.

Analyze WLAN interference with NetSpot to determine the best channels

Step 7

Export the heatmap

Export your Signal-to-Noise Ratio heatmaps to PDF by clicking the Export button on the top of the NetSpot window.


Step 8

Continue to analyze

Continue to analyze your wireless network by selecting other reports from the drop-down menu in the lower toolbar of the NetSpot window. Other Wi-Fi analyzer reports include Signal Level, Signal-to-Interference Ratio, Noise Level, and Quantity of Access Points, Download and Upload rates (PRO), Wireless Transmit Rate (PRO) and Troubleshooting (PRO). Export additional heatmaps as needed.

Wi-Fi Analyzer Reports

Once you have exported all of your heatmaps, it is easy to analyze your WLAN and identify the optimum configuration for your Wi-Fi access points. No other wireless analyzer makes it so quick and easy to completely map your network.

NetSpot Wi-Fi Scanner will

  • Scan wireless network
  • Scan wireless network of any size
  • Scan WLAN network
  • Visualize and scan WLAN site
  • Scan Wi-Fi and visualize its coverage
  • Act as a simple but powerful WiFi scanner

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