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This one app could solve your most frustrating home Wi-Fi problems

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:10PM EST
Wi-Fi Hotspot Tips And Tricks NetSpot

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So you’ve just set up your home Wi-Fi network but for some reason you’re having trouble getting your PC to connect to the network. It could very well be that you’ve set up your computer in a Wi-Fi “dead spot” that makes connecting to the web very difficult. However, CNET brings our attention to a free Mac app called NetSpot that can give you a visual depiction of the places in your house where you’re least likely to get a strong Wi-Fi signal.

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For this app to work, you’ll need to have a floor plan or area map that you can load onto the app’s network survey system. After you identify your location on the map, the app will then scan for Wi-Fi signal strength. You can then move around the area to scan all the major locations where you might try to set up a computer or other web-connected device. The app will then produce a map showing you the strength of your Wi-Fi signal in various locations that looks like this:

All told, this seems like a really cool app that can help you plan out your home Wi-Fi setup and help you troubleshoot problems with your wireless connections. Learn more about NetSpot at its official webpage at this link.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.