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Where Zit Hot?

Where Zit Hot?
by Gary Woods

I just love what are called utilities. These are little programs that give you very specific information or perform certain simple tasks. The old Atari computer was great for utilities and I definitely mourned its passing.

The latest utility that caught my attention is called Net Spot 2 and you can find it at The app is free for home use or you can get the Pro version for $99 or the Enterprise iteration for $399.

What Net Spot does is give you a real time reading on how intense your WiFi signals are at any point in your home or office. With a lot of people going wireless and losing those unsightly cables that live behind, underneath and around their desks WiFi strength becomes paramount if you still want to get some work done.

In my house I've got a Cisco EA4500 wireless router that's dual banded with both 5GHZ and 2.4GHz access points plus it has a Guest Network that allows your friends to get access to the internet without getting a look at your files. I also have a Linksys RE1000 which amplifies the WiFi signal at the other end of the house.

Coverage throughout most of our house is pretty good both upstairs and down but there are some spots where the WiFi definitely breaks down. With the Net Spot App running on my Laptop I wandered around my house and saw in real time where the signal was best and where it wasn't optimal. Then, by moving the routers up and down and left and right I was able to maximize the signal for the rooms that weren't receiving great signal throughput.

If you're WiFi signal is a little iffy try downloading Net Spot 2 and see if you can improve your internet access.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc