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NetSurveyor Review: An Excellent Free Wireless Scanner and Discovery Tool

written by: Steve Mallard•edited by: Bill Bunter•updated: 5/6/2010

Need to analyze your wireless network or do you need to perform a wireless survey? NetSurveyor is a 802.11 wireless network discovery tool. This tool is used to analysis and gather information about wireless access points. This real time tool is used to display information about your wireless.

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    NetSurveyor

    NetSurveyor is a 802.11 wireless network discovery tool. This tool is used to analysis and gather information about wireless access points. This real time tool is used to display information through different diagnostic charts and views. This tool provides a PDF report generator that gives a full report with screen shots. This powerful tool identifies the channel, SSID, Beacon Strength in db, watts, and quality. This software also identifies beacon quality, encryption and radio type.

    The many uses of this software include but are not limited to:

    · Wireless survey tool to determine the appropriate location of your access points.

    · Used to troubleshoot your current wireless network.

    · A monitoring tool for the environmental variables that occur in specific workplaces.

    · Identify rouge access points

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    Screenshots

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    Screenshots

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    Features

    NetSurveyor is free to use but offers many benefits that small businesses or home owners can use.

    With six graphical views, these screens are professionally laid out to optimize the use of the program for wireless surveys or views.

    1. Beacon Qualities for Access Points
    2. Differential Display with Beacon Quality Timecourse measurement
    3. Channel Usage
    4. Timecourse for Usage of each channel
    5. Heatmap
    6. Channel Spectrogram of the Wireless Channels

    The Channel Spectrogram can be turned at different angles to analysis the output of each of the access points. This feature helps you to analyze the wireless access points in real time at different angles to spot weaknesses or flaws in your wireless network.

    Each of these six graphical views and network details can be generated into an Adobe PDF report that allows for detailed information in your policy and procedures. This information can be used during later surveys of your network.

    One of the most impressive features is the recording and playback feature that allows the user to record a 'session'. With NetSurveyor's integrated NetPlayer, you can play back a 'session' to analyze the data gathered during a survey. These recordings can be maintained and played back after an upgrade or change in your workplace environment or equipment.

    Because this software uses the NDIS 5.x driver, it supports Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Vista. The software also allows for the selection of adapters if more than one is available on the computer you are using.

    NetSurveyor is an excellent tool that should part of every IT professional's software toolkit.

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