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NetSurveyor Professional is a new type of diagnostic tool that puts a different spin on WiFi troubleshooting — emphasizing performance metrics over measurements of RF signal strengths. NetSurveyor-Pro is used to test the performance and reliability of a WiFi network and help identify and troubleshoot problems. Furthermore, NetSurveyor-Pro also allows you to concurrently test multiple (up to five) WiFi connections. NetSurveyor-Pro is a software-only product that uses your 802.11 adapter(s) and access point(s) — no additional proprietary hardware is required. Novices through experts will find NetSurveyor-Pro most useful when installing, testing, and troubleshooting 802.11 adapters and wireless networks. Distributed as a free tool, NetSurveyor-Pro provides a more accurate picture of a WiFi network from a performance perspective than more costly solutions.
NetSurveyor-Pro has a variety of features including the following:
- Easy-to-use, graphical UI with multiple diagnostic views and charts
- Compliant with IEEE 802.11 standards
- Built-in module for performing connection analysis
- PDF report generation
- Low-cost (actually, free) — uses your 802.11 wireless devices. No additional proprietary, wireless devices are required.
Applications for NetSurveyor Professional include the following:
- Monitor the reliability of a WiFi network using performance / bandwidth metrics
- Optimal AP placement
- Concurrently test and compare the performance and reliability of up to five (5) different 802.11 connections — employing a variety of combinations of adapters and access points — that is, adapters can be associated with either the same or different access points
- Test whether the performance of a WiFi network is handicapped by RF or multipath interference or is overburdened with other 802.11 traffic
- As an aid in properly locating 802.11 wireless devices and orienting their antennas so as to optimize throughput, performance and reliability
- Determine which 802.11 channel results in the best performance
- Benchmark the performance of a WiFi network when first installed and at some later point in time — comparing results helps determine whether something in the RF environment has changed that impacts the wireless network.