One of my favorite bumper stickers is Visualize World Peas. It’s a play on words. Using your Mac can be play, too. That’s the benefit of the ease-of-use layer on top of the Mac’s intricate Unix underpinnings.
If you’re ready to get your Mac geek on, and try something that’s both visual and intriguing, try NetSpot. It’s a free Mac app that conducts a visual survey of accessible wireless networks. What’s that mean? If you click NetSpot, it builds a visual WiFi map of the network, including stuff you can’t see.
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NetSpot builds a visual WiFi map on your Mac. The technical term is a wireless site survey, but think of it as a WiFi map.
All you need to get started mapping your home or office is a MacBook with Airport built in. And a local WiFi network that your Mac can access.
Load up your home or office room layout or area map, and click NetSpot to begin the site survey. Site survey? Click on a location (where you and the MacBook are in relation to the layout map) so NetSpot knows where you are, then walk around the place.
As you move about and select each space in the layout, NetSpot records the wireless signal.
Very quickly you’ll see where the Airport or WiFi signal is strong or weak. You’ll see noisy areas, signal leakages, and competing channels.
It’s like creating your very own heat map of your home or office, but instead of heat, it’s WiFi signal and noise strength.
NetSpot is a breeze to setup and use, and it’s actually fun traipsing around the home or office finding good spots and bad spots. The app is free and runs on an recent model Mac notebook running Snow Leopard or Lion.
To see how NetSpot works, check out the video from DailyAppShow.